Climb aboard for a trip through the unspoiled beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Become a part of moving history as you ascend one of the steepest railroad grades in the East. Marvel at the work of pioneers and prisoners who first laid down these tracks in the mid-1840's. Listen to the stories of the hand-dug Cowee Tunnel, said to be haunted by the convicts who are buried on top of it. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you travel over the 790-foot Fontana Lake trestle, which towers over 150 feet above the lake. Hear how the railroad tracks came within 48 hours of being torn up and abandoned, and how the state of North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountain Railway stepped in and saved this historic line. This Emmy Award winning PBS program will surely be enjoyed by all.
As an added bonus, at the end of this program we will show you how the Great Smoky Mountains Railway staged the massive train wreck in the blockbuster movie, "The Fugitive," filmed on their tracks.
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