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Railroad Heritage Weekend
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Railroad Heritage Weekend

August 25 - 26

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A Once-a-Year Event for Railroad Enthusiasts of All Ages!

Celebrate the golden age of steam locomotives behind Tweetsie's historic coal-fired, steam locomotives. Special attractions for rail fans, plus enjoy all of the Wild West adventure Tweetsie has to offer!

All Railroad Heritage Weekend activities are included in Tweetsie Railroad’s regular daily admission price with one exception: A $5 per passenger donation will be required to ride the special 1870s No. 5 Vintage Coach Car, pulled by 100 year old historic locomotive No. 12. All donations will go towards supporting East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad preservation projects.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25TH

7:30 a.m.
Morning Photo Special

An exclusive opportunity for ticketed Guests to photograph Locomotive No. 190 with Coach No. 5, and Locomotive No. 12 with the excursion cars. Locations for the photo run-by will be at the trestle and the
frontier outpost, with two run-bys at each stop.

9:00 a.m. 
Park Opens

View and photograph the morning locomotive preparations after the park opens. The Train Shop will be closed to visitors at this time, but available for a tour later in the day.

9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 
Memorabilia Room is open in the Tweetsie Junction

See historic and rare artifacts from Tweetsie Railroad’s past, and view documentary videos about Tweetsie Railroad’s historic locomotives.

9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Locomotive No. 12 Wild West Train

Take a ride behind Locomotive No. 12,“Tweetsie,” as she transports Guests and Rail fans alike on a 3-mile journey back into the Old West. Boarding on Main Street.

10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. 
Locomotive No. 190 The “Yukon Queen”

Climb aboard and take a ride behind a 75 year old steam locomotive. Guests will be transported on a 3-mile journey on board Tweetsie Railroad’s 1870s vintage Coach No. 5. Boarding beside the Tweetsie Pavilion. A $5 donation per rider is required for this special train; all donations go to ET&WNC railroad preservation projects. Due to the design of Coach No. 5, it is not wheelchair accessible. There will be no train shows on this train.

11:00 a.m., 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. 
Cherokee Dance Performances and Craft Demonstrations

Cherokee Dance performances and craft demonstrations by the Tsa-La-Gi Touring Program provide a deeper glimpse into the area’s heritage. The Cherokee dance performances will take place at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Tweetsie Pavilion.

2:00 p.m. 
Train Shop Tour

See the equipment, tools, and machines that help keep our locomotives operating. Meet in front of the Shop five minutes prior to the scheduled tour. (Age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26TH

9:00 a.m.    
Park Opens

View and photograph the morning locomotive preparations after the park opens. The Train Shop will be closed to visitors at this time, but available for a tour later in the day.

9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.   
Memorabilia Room is open in the Tweetsie Junction

See historic and rare artifacts from Tweetsie Railroad’s past, and view documentary videos about Tweetsie Railroad’s historic locomotives.

9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
Locomotives No. 12 and No. 190 Double-Header

Enjoy a unique and rare opportunity to witness two steam locomotives working in coordination. Headed up by Locomotive No. 12, Guests will be transported on our Wild West train ride with the assistance of Locomotive No. 190. Boarding on Main Street.

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  
Locomotive No. 12 Wild West Train

Take a ride behind Locomotive No. 12, “Tweetsie,” as she transports Guests and Rail fans alike on a 3-mile journey back into the Old West. Boarding on Main Street.

1:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.  
Locomotive No. 190 the “Yukon Queen”

Climb aboard and take a ride behind a 75 year old steam locomotive. Guests will be transported on a 3-mile journey on board Tweetsie’s 1870s vintage Coach No. 5. Boarding beside the Tweetsie Pavilion. A $5 donation per rider is required for this special train; all donations go to ET&WNC railroad preservation projects. Due to the design of Coach No. 5, it is not wheelchair accessible. There will be no train shows on this train.

2:00 p.m. 
Train Shop Tour

See the equipment, tools, and machines that help keep our locomotives operating. Meet in front of the Shop five minutes prior to the scheduled tour. (Age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

No photography will be allowed at the trestle or the frontier outpost during the day.
Photos may be taken from the Hacienda.
Schedule subject to change.

300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
800.526.5740