Railroading attracts many tourists to Bryson City. They come to ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and to tour the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum. The museum, operated by Tim and Sue Cooper, boasts the largest collection of Lionel trains in the Carolinas, with over 7,000 cars and locomotives on display. Between 250 and 300 new pieces are added yearly. The collection is valued at $1.2 million.