Our local Train store

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  1. Tyson Rayles

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    Just thought I would post this for anybody visiting the Western North Carolina area. Right next to the real train station here in town is Smoky Mountain Trains, a combination Train store and Lionel Museum. In the Museum section they have several thousand pieces of Lionel rolling stock and locomotives on display. They have more then they can put on display at one time so they rotate them from time to time, that way you will get to see them all over time. They also have an excellent 24 ft. X 45 ft. operating layout with several trains running at once. There are several rooms housing all of this and in one of them there are bench seats to rest, water fountain and wooden trains for the young ones to play with. I will try over these next 12 posts to give you an idea of what its like.
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    The outside of the store. The mainline for the Great Smoky Mtn. R.R. is to your left and the depot is right behind where I'm standing.

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    One section of the store, this section has alot for the little railfan in your life!

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    There are trains running all over the place in here! :D That is a double track hanging from the ceiling and has two trains running on it. There are several more mini-layouts operating in the store windows and can be viewed from inside or outside the store. This part of the store has alot for the big railfan. Lots of Lionel and other O-Gauge and O-Scale as well. There is also some HO and N as well scenery supplies, DPM, Blair Line and Atlas products to name a few. They also have a great selection of magazines and videos as well.

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    To whet your appetite they have a railcam on one of the trains on the layout and you can watch it going around the layout on a T.V. in the store.

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    One of the rooms in the Museum

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    Part of another room

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    Now into the layout room :eek: :D :cool:

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    First of 3 closer shots

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    #2

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    #3 the whiteish area in the top back is the lights reflecting off of the display cases. The walls of the layout room are also lined with Lionel rolling stock and locomotives! :D

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    The main control panel :eek: :eek: :eek:

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    This is David, David gets paid to play with the trains all day (for this he actually gets paid???? :rolleyes: :eek: :D , a job to die for or what???). Sue or Tim please make sure David doesn't see this post! :D :D :D Kidding aside the one controller in his hand lets him operate all the trains as well as the bells, whistles and horns. One case where DCC really comes in handy.

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    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Wow! Now that's a train store...! :D

    Andrew
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    Folks there is a whole lot more to see than I could ever post here. If you are ever in or near the Bryson City/Cherokee area of Western North Carolina it is a must see IMHO! While you are here you can also check out the real railroad as well! For further information you can visit their website www.smokymountaintrains.com or contact me here at the Gauge.
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    That's awesome, Babe, thanks for posting it!
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    Man!
    Next time I'm down in the Smokies, I know where I'm goin'!
    :cool: :cool: :cool:
    Thanks Tyson!:)
  19. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    A great place to spend an hour two. You are fortunate to have it nearby. Don't know if I will ever get the opportunity to visit now that my trailering days are over.
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    Wow! What a fantastic store! Nothing like that around here.