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Carter County's Train History

Marker ID: THC 1A 123
Location: 500 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Elizabethton, TN
County: Carter
Coordinates: N 36° 20.939    W 082° 12.464
  36.34898333    -82.20773333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1AXY


Carter County’s railroad history is the story of three trains – the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, better known as Tweetsie (1881-1951); the Southern Railroad (1911-1940); and the North American Rayon Steam Engine (1936-1992). The glory days of the railroads have ended, The memories are captured in this exhibit: an original Tweetsie boxcar, a Southern caboose, and the NAR Steam Engine, which was believed to be the last active steam locomotive in the United States in commercial use.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission