What You'll See

Note: This is a sample schedule. The train does not always stop in every town. When making a reservation, ask the agent which towns will be on your route. More schedule info

Cordele - While you can board the Southwest Georgia’s Excursion Train at any of its stops, the official beginning is at Cordele. While you are waiting for the train to depart,  browse through our unique shop located at 105 East 9th Avenue in Cordele. We have numerous SAM souvenirs and other gifts for you to remember your trip. The SAM gift shop is open at 8:00 am on train ride dates and will be open when you return. The physical address of the Cordele Depot train stop is 105 East 9th Avenue, Cordele, Ga. 31015.

Georgia Veterans State Park - Next on the route is Georgia Veterans State Park, one of Georgia’s most-visited state parks, featuring championship golf, sparkling Lake Blackshear and fascinating military exhibits. While at Georgia Veterans Park, visit Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club where you can enjoy golfing, dining and stay in a beautiful lodge. Each room is elegantly decorated with your own patio and view of Lake Blackshear. Physical address of the Train stop on the Park is 131 Obie Rd., Cordele, Ga. 31015.

Leslie - Your next stop will be Leslie, home of one of Georgia’s most unique museums. The Rural Telephone Museum is situated in a beautifully restored cotton warehouse that showcases antiques, switchboards, classic cars, colorful murals – and, of course, antique telephones ($3 Adults and $1 Students).

Americus - The Victorian town of Americus is your next stop. Tour Habitat for Humanity’s new Global Village. There is no admission charge for individuals, but groups must contact Sue Fitzerald for arrangements. While in Americus, browse all the wonderful and quaint shops. The award-winning 1892 Windsor Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to turn your train excursion into a relaxing weekend vacation. You can even take in a show at the breathtaking 1921 Rylander Theatre.

Plains - The small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter is your next stop. While in Plains, browse President Carter’s campaign museum and an antique mall, then buy a bag of peanuts from local merchants. Visit the Plain Peanuts to try their peanut butter ice cream.   A must place to visit is the Plains Inn recently refurbished and tastefully decorated.

Archery - A bit further down the tracks is the community of Archery, featuring the president’s boyhood home. The train will stop just steps from his old front porch, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore the farm before the SAM Shortline returns to Cordele.

Fare Structure

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For group rates (20 or more) and reservations call 1-877-GA-RAILS. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Reservation office is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Gift shop is closed at 12:00 noon on Wednesdays.