The Eastern Tennessee & Western North Carolina was the last active narrow gauge railroad in the Blue Ridge. This DVD is the definitive “Tweetsie” visual experience. The ET&WNC Historical Society approached A&R Productions to put these rare films on DVD. Here is the “Tweetsie” during 1942 and 1943, when in addition to wartime freight traffic, the line was operating mandatory passenger service for the war board to handle commuter traffic to and from the defense plants at Port Rayon.
This is truly rare film from a long lost railroad gem. Follow the little ten-wheelers from Johnson City yard, through Elizabethton, Hampton, Blevins, Roan Mountain and Elk Park to Cranberry. Experience the raw beauty of the Doe River Gorge. Watch the passenger consists being wyed at Cranberry and Port Rayon, freight crews switching along the line and two “crew members” with cameras! Our crew returned in 1949, with but a year left until abandonment. The passenger service and the little line is struggling to stay solvent.