St. Marys tourist train plans to open in October

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ST. MARYS, Ga. - A tourist train running on the tracks of the old St. Marys Railroad is scheduled to fire up its locomotive and start bringing passengers aboard next month.

The Brunswick News reports owners of the St. Marys Express plan excursions on the first two Saturdays in October. With open-air passenger cars and a caboose pulled by a 1952 locomotive, the train will take passengers on hour and 15 minute trips through woodlands and marsh in Georgia's coastal southeast corner.

The October trips will incorporate a seasonal theme with actors from the St. Marys Little Theatre playing roles at a zombie crossing, a pumpkin patch and a hobo camp.

St. Marys Mayor Bill Deloughy says he hopes the train rides will boost tourism in the area.

"I'm told that fewer than 6 percent of the population of America have ever ridden a train," Deloughy said. "We're proud that St. Marys has been chosen as the embarkation point for such a great adventure. I'm looking forward to sharing this train experience with my own grandson."

The first run, the "Great Pumpkin Express" will leave Theatre by the Trax at noon on October 5 during the St. Marys Kiwanis Rock Shrimp Festival. Guests can ride on one of three open-air railcars or in the caboose.

Locomotive rides will also be available.

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