|In Memory of Tom, KK4TA|
Ghost Train" to the Blue Heron Mining Community in the Big South Fork NRRA. We got to the Big South Fork Scenic Railway depot a little after 5:00pm and had until 6:45 before we had to board the train. So we walked around the depot area as there are shops, restaurants, and the like. Maybe sometime later we can head up that way again for a regular train ride and take our time to soak in the sites. They are now offering all day service on Saturdays from the depot which sounds awesome to us. You pay one price, take the train to Blue Heron and then later that evening you can board the train back to the depot. Blue Heron offers several hiking possibilities and taking the train in would save a bit on fuel. Probably not enough to warrant the cost of the train, but it would be fun nonetheless.
Barthell, another mining community now open for tours and cabin rentals.
There were 5 story stops along the way, and we were treated to toned down versions of "The Black Dog". "Fiddler's Rock" (one of my favorites), "The Ghost Bride of Blue Heron," and two other stories that I couldn't hear all that well. It was hard to pay attention to those two as the other groups were starting to make their way back to the station and the noise was quite a distraction.
Shortly after the last of the groups arrived back at the station, we all boarded back on the train and were on our way back to the depot. The train ride at night was quite pleasant. Other than kids randomly flashing their flashlights in our eyes, we couldn't have asked for a better trip back. The stars in the sky were quite impressive, and the cool night air was delightful.
Tim and Robin