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.
Central of Georgia Railway 662: A Coach with a Storied Past
The Central of Georgia Railway 662 stands as a testament to rail craftsmanship. Constructed in 1947 by the esteemed American Car & Foundry, this 56-seat lightweight coach was commissioned for the Central of Georgia Railroad. As the third in its class, it was designed for the iconic “Nancy Hanks II” passenger service that connected Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. It journeyed alongside its counterparts, coaches 390, 661, and 907 – all cherished pieces in the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) collection. After years of dedicated service under both the Central of Georgia Railroad and its successor, the Southern Railway, the 662 was generously donated to the Southeastern Railway Museum in 1980. Today, it graces the tracks as part of the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure trains, thanks to a lease from the Southeastern Railway Museum.
Car: Central of Georgia Railway 662
Car Type: Coach
Operators: Central of Georgia Railway, Southern Railway, Southeastern Railway Museum, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Builder: American Car & Foundry
Date Built: 1947
Number of Seats: 56
Paint Scheme: Colonial Red
Lettered: Southeastern Railway Museum
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.