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Dollywood Express

The Dollywood theme park northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee, operates a 2.5 mile 36" narrow gauge tourist railroad it calls the Dollywood Express. Trains depart for the 5 mile round trip on the hour, and the serpentine route features multiple pedestrian crossings, grades in excess of 5%, and wide return loops on each end of the mainline. The park rosters two working ex-Alaskan Baldwin Mikados, both built for the United States Army Transportation Corps' narrow gauge operations. The narrow gauge line at Dollywood predates the park itself, opened in 1961 as the "Rebel Railroad" by the originator of the Tweetsie Railroad in nearby western North Carolina. As of 2011, an additional steamer is stored unserviceable at the Dollywood, in need of major overhaul.

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This page was updated on 2016-05-14