Moving a WWII Pullman Troop Sleeper Car is not something you get to do every day. I was lucky enough to play a small part in directing traffic as Buffalo Creek Vacations, of Clyde, North Carolina, brought in their latest acquisition.
We took a little road trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to snap a few photos of the cars at Tuner Evolution. The Park Expo Center was crazy hot and we were sweating our butts off. The show was much smaller than we expected but the quality of the cars was excellent which made up for all the other issues. We would rate the Tuner Evolution Charlotte show as good but not great.
We purchased tickets from the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (GSMR) to ride their "Solar Eclipse Train" from Bryson City, NC to Dillsboro, NC. Fearing traffic during the day of the solar eclipse, we arrived early. This gave us time to watch them prepare their Baldwin S160 class 2-8-0 steam locomotive #1702 for the day's run.
One must see place if you visit Western North Carolina is Cataloochee. Cataloochee is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is well known for the elk that often roam there. If you get there at sunrise, you are almost guaranteed to see a few.
The fog is normally thick so be careful when driving. We have seen all sorts of critters on our trips but we always come to see the elk.
Road trips and beer only go together if you have a designated driver. Luckily, Peg does not like beer so she would assume the driver's seat after this adventure. Off to New Belgium Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina we went for a tour of the facility and a visit to the tasting room.
Our friend, Kate, was visiting with us so we thought we would show her around our area. We knew that she liked pinball machines and we had the perfect place for her. It just so happens that Asheville has a great little pinball museum!