Tweetsie Railroad® is proud to operate two vintage steam locomotives: the No. 12 "Tweetsie" and the No. 190 "Yukon Queen."
Before entering service at Tweetsie Railroad, the locomotives were put into operating condition by our 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 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.
Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philidalphia
Original Service: East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad
Const. No.: 45069
Working Weight: Approx. 82.5 Tons
In 1960, Tweetsie Railroad acquired the No. 190 "Yukon Queen" from Alaska's White Pass & Yukon Railway.
Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia
Original Service: U.S. Army Transportation Corps White Pass & Yukon
Const. No.: 69425
Working Weight: Approx. 105 Tons
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 at Tweetsie Railroad, the locomotives were put into operating condition by veteran engineer Frank Coffey, who trained new generations in our on-site steam locomotive repair shop.
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605