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Railroad Heritage Weekend

August 26 and 27

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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!

Saturday, August 26

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. 190 Wild West Train

Take a ride behind Locomotive No. 190, the “Yukon Queen,” as she transports Guests and Railfans 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. 12 Tweetsie Special

Climb aboard and take a ride behind North Carolina’s oldest operational steam locomotive. Our 100-year-old Locomotive No. 12 will transport Guests 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. Each person who makes a $5 donation will be entered into a drawing for a 100th Birthday flag flown on the locomotive on the day of the event. One flag will be given each day. 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.)

6:15 p.m.
Photo Special

Registration is required at the Junction Registration Table. Space is limited. An exclusive opportunity for Guests to photograph Locomotive No. 12 with Coach No. 5, and Locomotive No. 190. Locations for the photo run-by will be the trestle and the frontier outpost, with two run-bys at each stop.

 

Sunday, August 27th

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. 190 Wild West Train

Take a ride behind Locomotive No. 190, the “Yukon Queen,” as she transports Guests and Railfans 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. 12 Tweetsie Special

Climb aboard and take a ride behind North Carolina’s oldest operational steam locomotive. Our 100-year-old Locomotive No. 12 will transport Guests 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. Each person who makes a $5 donation will be entered into a drawing for a 100th Birthday flag flown on the locomotive on the day of the event. One flag will be given each day. 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.)

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.

Locomotive Cab Rides

Cab rides are available to Guests at the discretion of the Engineers, who will have Cab Ride passes available. Guests riding in the cab must be age 12 and older and must wear shoes with closed toes and closed heels. Two Guests maximum per train trip.

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