The photo above speaks of happier times when 2 authentic steam engine trains encircled the Carowinds theme park 35 years ago. Sadly, this attraction only lasted 5 seasons, (1973-1977) but the memories live on in photographs such as the one above. Train #1, Melodia, is seen here as it approaches the Plantation Square station just under the bridge after you enter the park. From the same vantage point today in the photo below, you can see there are no longer any train tracks, only the asphalt that serves as a maintenance road for service vehicles. Note the original stairs that were used to enter and exit the Plantation Square station.