Fantastic color images from 8mm film taken in the Appalachians on the last holdouts of steam railroading! These steam holdouts carried everything from coal to chemicals and from titanium to tourists! The Cass Scenic Railway is seen in the early days of the tourist line in the ’60s. The Shays were ferrying passengers up to Bald Knob and the lumber mill was still standing. The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway had two steam locomotives. We see an 0-6-0, of US Army origin, as it hauls titanium dioxide to a Southern Railway interchange.
The standard gauge remnants of the narrow gauge “Tweetsie”, The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina RR, soldiered on into the early sixties using two beautiful ex-Southern Consolidations. Follow the 2-8-0’s as they work from Johnson City to Elizabethton. The famed Buffalo Creek and Gauley still used Consolidations well into the ’60’s. Watch them struggle mightily upgrade with empty hoppers for the mine at Widen, West Virginia. This video is the definitive work on the operations of the BC&G.