Tweetsie’s Trains

Tweetsie Railroad is proud to operate two vintage steam locomotives: No. 12 "Tweetsie" and No. 190 the "Yukon Queen." When you visit Tweetsie Railroad during the operating season for a steam locomotive ride, the train will be pulled by one of these historic engines. Both locomotives are coal-fired narrow-gauge engines, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia. Before entering service at Tweetsie Railroad, the locomotives were put into operating condition by Tweetsie's on-site steam locomotive repair shop.

Locomotive No. 12 is the last surviving narrow-gauge steam locomotive of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC), which ran train service from Johnson City, Tennessee to Boone, North Carolina from 1919 to 1940. When the Tweetsie Railroad theme park opened with its first steam locomotive ride (one mile to a picnic area and back) in 1957, this was its sole locomotive. 

In 1960, Tweetsie Railroad acquired another steam locomotive, No. 190 the "Yukon Queen" from Alaska's White Pass & Yukon Railway. 

Both locomotives are coal-fired narrow-gauge engines, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia. No. 12 was completed in 1917, and No. 190 in 1943. Before entering service providing steam locomotive rides at Tweetsie Railroad, the locomotives were put into operating condition by veteran engineer Frank Coffey, who trained new generations in Tweetsie's on-site steam locomotive repair shop.

TWEETSIE RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVE SPECIFICATIONS

  No. 12
“Tweetsie”
No. 190
“Yukon Queen”
Builder Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia
Original Service East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad US Army Transportation Corps White Pass & Yukon
Completed 1917 1943
Const. No. 45069 69425
Fuel Coal Coal
Working Weight Approx. 82.5 Tons Approx. 105 Tons
Arrangement 4-6-0 2-8-2

 

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