If I delete Nashville and Memphis, I only loose one streetcar, one monorail and one commuter rail. However, it will take 8 days. Nashville's commuter rail would be lost. As to Memphis, we have a lot, not just streetcars and monorail, However, we could add it to our out and back to Chicago, later. Of course, I may never take that trip, but it could be hoped for.
So! my original Tennessee trip plus two scenic railroads, turns out to omit all of Tennessee except for Chattanooga. I can live with that. So the new trip plan includes Chattanooga, Atlanta (including Stone Mountain), and coming across Florida. One other thing, a stop around, Savanna, GA would break up the trip, nicely.That will give me a chance to see their River Street Streetcar.
Now that I have my plan, I did look ahead to see about souvenirs. In my discussion of them, I collect on trips a mug for each attraction, city in which I explored, and state that I visited. I don't collect one in states that I just pass through or cities that I just watch trains, for the most part. However, if it was more than just train watching or passing through than, of course, I will get one. For train related attractions, such as scenic railroads, railroad museums I will get a patch for my excursion shirt and one for my display. For parks and some museums, I will get a patch just for the display. The one attraction that is difficult to decide is incline railways. I would call it a mug occasion but also a patch occasion. They are railways, but not museum oriented, unless preserved. When in Pittsburgh, last year, at the top of Duquesne Incline, there was a gift shop which had mugs but not patches. I chose the mug but found a patch on EBay. For future use I have urges on both. A patch would be best but in reality is a basic attraction. I have decided to make it a patch occasion. A mug might be gotten as an extra.
Just for fun and interest, I looked at the potential sties and looked at which I might get where. Remember, all this is just a project, projecting potential and when reality hits, I will make last minute changes.
|Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Scenic Railroad, NC||yes||yes|
|Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Scenic Railroad, GA||yes||yes|
|Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, TN||yes|
|Incline Railway, Chattanooga, TN||yes|
|Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga, TN||yes|
|Battles For Chattanooga Museum, Chattanooga, TN||yes|
|Tennessee Valley Railroad, Chattanooga, TN||yes|
|Point Park, Chattanooga, TN||yes|
|Rock City Gardens, Chattanooga, TN||yes|
|Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, TN||yes|
|Stone Mountain, GA||yes|
|Stone Mountain Scenic RR, GA||yes||yes|
|S.A.M. Shortline, GA||yes||yes|
Vacation is planned, dates to be announced afterward to protect myself, as you might see.