Presidential Pathways / Cordele

SAM Shortline Excursion Train

105 E. 9th Ave.
Cordele, GA 31015

229-276-0755 | 877-427-2457
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  • Shopping, anyone?

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  • The Americus premium car features comfortable seating and a complimentary beverage.

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  • All ABOARD!!!!

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  • Your conductor will punch your ticket!

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SAM Shortline Excursion Train travels through southwest Georgia in air-conditioned 1949 vintage cars mixing a taste of the old rural South with today's excitement. There are fun and exciting train stops at the Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear, the Telephone Museum, Leslie GA, Americus GA, Plains GA, and Archery (Jimmy Carter's childhood home). While in Americus, you can visit the historic Windsor Hotel, Habitat for Humanity's Global Village, or the exciting Rylander Theater.

Plains is the home of President Jimmy Carter. Enjoy walking the streets of history in hopes of catching the former president in town shopping. The last stop is at President Carter's Boyhood Farm. The farm is managed by The National Park Service, and rangers are on duty to tell the history. The train is managed by the State of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources with its main depot located at 105 East 9th Avenue in Cordele, Ga 31015.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
    Tuesday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
    Wednesday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
    Thursday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
    Friday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

    Admission & Fees

    Coach - Adult $29.99 plus tax

    Coach - Child $19.99 plus tax

    Lounge Seating, Hawkins Car - all seating $49.99 plus tax

    Premium Americus Car - Adult $39.99 plus tax

    Premium Americus Car - Child $29.99 plus tax

    Facility Amenities

    Concessions, Free Parking

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Handicapped Accessible (Limited)

    Group Amenities

    Group Rates Available, Group-friendly, Maximum Group Size, Minimum Group Size

    Information/Services Provided

    Train / Rail Service

    Near Interstate Highway


    Payment Options

    American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Archery Explorer Train Ride

    Archery Explorer Train Ride

    11/22/2014 - 12/06/2014

    Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats.

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  • Christmas in Plains

    Christmas in Plains

    11/29/2014 - 11/29/2014

    Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 4 PM to 9 PM - SAM Shortline Excursion Train - Cordele, GA - Get your tickets today so you can enjoy a relaxing evening on SAM Shortline as we travel to Plains in time for all the lights in Plains to glow brightly.  President and Rosalyn Carter will throw the switch to light up the town.  There will be a Christmas parade and music to put you in the spirit of Christmas.  Special plans are in store as we have word that SANTA will be joining us on our excursion... read more

  • Watermelon Express Train Ride

    Watermelon Express Train Ride

    12/13/2014 - 12/13/2014

    Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter.

     9:30 a.m.    Depart Downtown Cordele Depot
    10:00 a.m.   Arrive Ga. Veterans State Park
    10:05 a.m.   Depart Ga. Veterans State Park
    11:35 a.m.   Arrive Plains
                             (layover 1 hour, 10 minutes)
    12:45 p.m.   Depart Plains
      2:10 p.m.   Arrive Ga. Veterans State Park
      2:15 p.m.... read more