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St. Marys train transforms into Western frontier
ST. MARYS -- Actors are busy learning their roles for the newest themed excursion offered by the St. Marys Railroad.

The Wild West Express will depart four times each day on Feb. 1 and 8 in what organizers say will be an entertaining and educational ride.

Before the train departs, visitors will have an opportunity to tour a frontier trading post and an American Indian village. A tour of the village, where they will see how pioneers lived, will include a blacksmith demonstration, story telling and American Indian dancers.

Barbara Ryan, the ride's entertainment director, said visitors do not need a train ticket to tour the trading post and village at the train depot.

"We're encouraging people to come because it will give them a chance to learn about frontier life," she said.

Once the train departs, the excitement will begin when a group of robbers board the train in search of a chest of gold. A confrontation with the would-be robbers will result in a shootout.

Paul Pleasant, general manager of St. Marys Railroad, said the train rides are designed to appeal to a wide audience.

"The Wild West Express is the first of our 2014 excursions," he said. "In March, we will host an 'Out of this World Express' that coincides with the theme and date of the ever popular St. Marys Mardi Gras Festival."

Ryan said tickets are selling fast, which isn't a surprise because earlier excursions have sold out a month in advance.

"They're going quickly," she said. "A lot of people are buying these as Christmas gifts."

Excursions planned in 2014 include the Peter Cottontail Express, America's Heroes Express, America's Birthday Express, and possibly a Pirates Alive Express. The Great Pumpkin Express and Santa Express will be back by popular demand as well.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at gjackson@thebrunswick news.com, on Facebook, or at 464-7655.

BRKOUT:

The newest St. Marys Railroad tourist excursion, Wild West Express, is scheduled Feb. 1 and 8. Tickets can be purchased online at stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. All train ride experiences last approximately 90 minutes, with trains departing at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Certificates are available for anyone wishing to purchase tickets as a gift.



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