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One hundred years ago, the prime mode of transportation from the Great Smoky Mountains to the big cities was a steam locomotive. Today, riding historical and tourist lines in the area is a connection to that past. more

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12 Days of Christmas

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Partridges and pear trees need not apply: These 12 holiday destinations around Southern Appalachia offer mountain merry-makers a bit of everything—from homespun traditions to festive glamour and glitz. more

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At the crest of a gravel path in a sylvan corner of Oconee County, 7 miles northeast of Walhalla, South Carolina, a 1,617-foot-long tunnel cuts through the blue granite of Stumphouse Mountain and abruptly dead ends at a bare rock wall. more

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“Old Maude bows to the Virginia Creeper”

Courtesy of the O. Winston Link Museum, Roanoke, VA. Copyright Conway Link

Railroads did not barrel into the Appalachians until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. But when they did, communities lying in the path of the locomotives were dramatically transformed. Mountain enclaves became bustling little towns. more

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Tweetsie Railroad engine

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A smartly dressed Tweetsie Railroad conductor doffs his hat to the ladies waiting in line. Friendly cowboys help visitors on board passenger trains standing ready to start their journey. more

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  • Model railroad 5

    Sam Hopkins photo

    Model railroad 5

    The Smoky Mountain Model Railroad Club maintains four different layouts, and runs primarily Lionel-type O gauge trains. They hold regular work sessions and open houses.

  • Model railroad 4

    Sam Hopkins photo

    Model railroad 4

    The Smoky Mountain Model Railroad Club maintains four different layouts, and runs primarily Lionel-type O gauge trains. They hold regular work sessions and open houses.

  • Model railroad 3

    Melanie Threlkeld McConnell photo

    Model railroad 3

    Kyle Murphy of Waynesville, with his niece, Eden Murphy, 3, her twin brother, Brayden, and their grandmother Sue Doggett of Clyde at the Christmas layout at the Smoky Mountain Model Rail Road Club. One of the club’s primary objectives is community outreach.

  • Model railroad 2

    Melanie Threlkeld McConnell photo

    Model railroad 2

    From left: Sam Hopkins, Harold Clackett and Ed Rynning, members of the Smoky Mountain Model Rail Road Club, prepare their operating layout for a recent open house.

  • Model railroad 1

    Sam Hopkins photo

    Model railroad 1

    The Smoky Mountain Model Railroad Club maintains four different layouts, and runs primarily Lionel-type O gauge trains. They hold regular work sessions and open houses.