Embark on a remarkable 50-mile journey through the picturesque lower Hiwassee River gorge, culminating at the peak of the iconic Hiwassee Loop—a unique rail marvel found only in Farner, Tennessee, and just six locations across North America. Experience this 5-hour trip with no layovers, immersing in the history.
Iconic 1954 Algonquin Park Dome-Observation Car
A Masterpiece Crafted by Budd Company Still in Operation
The Algonquin Park railroad car is a stunning piece of history crafted by the esteemed Budd Company back in 1954. Created exclusively for the Canadian Pacific, this Dome-Observation series of cars took inspiration from the rich Canadian national and provincial park system for their names. Specifically, the Algonquin Park car pays homage to the native Algonquin Indian tribe.
In terms of accommodations, these cars are generously furnished with three private bedrooms, a cozy lounge area, a captivating observation area, and the signature upper dome area. Both the observation and dome spaces have been ingeniously designed to provide breathtaking panoramic views of the diverse landscapes that unfurl as the train progresses on its journey.
In its heyday, this impressive rail car was a staple on ‘The Canadian’, the famed transcontinental train route. It navigated the steep grades of the Kicking Horse and Rogers Pass with grace.
In the later years of its service, 1978 to be exact, the car was transferred to Via Rail, post which it transitioned into private ownership. Currently, the car is on a lease to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.
Car: Canadian Pacific 15401/Algonquin Park
Car Type: Dome/Observation
Operators: Canadian Pacific, Via Rail, Private Ownership, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Builder: Budd Company
Date Built: 1954
Paint Scheme: Stainless Steel
Embark on the Copperhill Train Ride, an extensive 94-mile round trip journey traversing the lower Hiwassee River Gorge and the unique Hiwassee Loop, culminating in the paired cities of Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, Georgia. Enjoy a self-paced lunch during a 90-minute layover, making your day-long adventure a memorable one.