Monday, January 18, 2010

Excursion Trains On The Way?

Monterey's Hilltop Express newspaper is reporting that if things go as planned, excursion trains between Monterey and Cookeville could start as soon as May. The excursion train task force, put in place by the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, has been studying the feasibility of rail excursions for several months. The newspaper says it's their plan, along with the Tennessee Central Railway Museum, in Nashville, to place at least two passenger cars somewhere on the Eastern end of the rails to make it easier for patrons to take short train rides for this end. In the meantime, at least two excursions will include trips to Monterey - in the spring during the Mountain Dogwood Festival on May 1; and in the fall on Standing Stone Day on Oct. 9.