Tweetsie Railroad Private Event
North Carolina has a rich narrow gauge history, and the most famous three foot gauge was the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad, also known as the original Tweetsie. When that narrow gauge railroad closed in 1950 there were only five still operating in the continental United States. One of the ET&WNC engines was saved and in 1957 formed the nucleus of the Tweetsie Railroad just outside of Boone NC. For decades now, No. 12 and No. 190 (a US Army engine from the White Pass & Yukon) have pulled passenger trains up and down five percent grades and around sharp curves, faithfully maintaining the tradition of narrow gauge railroading at its best, using mid-Twentieth Century technology to get the job done.
The Convention Committee has made special arrangements with Tweetsie Railroad to hold a private event on Thursday September 2nd for convention attendees only. Approximately 550 seats are available in two trains. This event will be FREE to all PAID Convention Registrants. This includes paid attendees and vendors who purchased tables. In order to reserve a seat, you will need to submit the extra fare registration form with your convention registration and indicate that you want to participate in this private event. Tweetsie Railroad always goes to extra effort to provide a good experience for railfan events, including photo runbys at two photo locations, to show just what a narrow gauge steam locomotive can do. A shop tour and other photographic events will be part of this special narrow gauge experience. The first train will pull out at 1:30 PM, with a second run at 3:30.
For spouses and any other attendee that did not pay admission, there will be a $15 charge for a seat on these special trains. Tickets will be reserved on a first registered first paid basis. Please mark the appropriate block on the extra fare registration form. Tickets for this special event will be in your convention packet.
For those who do not want to do the special event, Tweetsie Railroad will be holding their annual Railfan Weekend during the weekend prior to the convention. Information about the public railfan weekend is available at www.tweetsie.com