Re: 70 Years Ago...
Trains operated at in the gorge Fri/Sat/Sun this weekend as part of our Maze of Life corn maze / fall festival program. We were sure to mention the anniversary to everyone that rode, along with all the normal basic ET&WNC history and a fun story or two. We had a huge turnout, probably near 1500 and 2 more weekends of this coming up and colors still coming to peak, so check out the DRG website for details and come next weekend if you can. Sorry for the lack of advance notice on this – been kinda busy!
I’m sure those old timers on that last run, somewhat somber, knowing the scrap trains were coming, would never have dreamed that 12 would live on at Tweetsie and that trains would run again in the gorge. And now 70 years on, even longer now than the entire narrow gauge operation which was 68 years.
From: ETWNC@groups.io [mailto:ETWNC@groups.io] On Behalf Of Curtis Brookshire via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2020 5:42 AM
Subject: [ETWNC] 70 Years Ago...
As we're all aware, 70 years ago today the ET&WNC ran its last revenue train from Elizabethton to Cranberry and back. This was probably the best documented freight train - we've seen some nice rolls from passenger excursions. Jack Alexander,
Vince Ryan and John Krause's photos are all familiar to us. So, what was in that train and where were those cars going? The following is based on some published stories and some basic railroad operating philosophies, but has a degree of speculation, so feel
free to correct any errors you might find.