Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum
The Museum Collection
The rolling stock of the musuem is a diverse collection that highlights the narrow gauge and short line (small railroad) history of the American southeast. In regards to narrow gauge equipment in particular, it should be noted that very little of it exists and even these rare artifacts are disappearing quickly. Thus, the construction of our museum has a real sense of urgency.
Some highlights of our collection include one the country's oldest narrow gauge boxcars, a gathering of East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad equipment from the famed "Tweetsie" line, an Edwards Railcar built and operated in North Carolina, and a steam locomotive- Virginia Carolina #50.
Carolina & North-Western #401- This wooden narrow gauge boxcar was built circa 1875 and plied the rails between Chester, SC and Lenoir, NC via the heart of Catawba County. It is believed to be the oldest narrow gauge boxcar on the east coast and oldest piece of Southern Railway equipment. After her service on the Carolina & North-Western, she served the Lawndale Railway. Click HERE to see documentation of her restoration.
East Tennessee & Western NC #434- This rare car ran between Johnson City, TN and Boone, NC along the famous "Tweetsie" line from 1910 to 1940. At 37 feet long, it is a member of the largest class of narrow gauge boxcars ever built. Its primary duty was hauling cut wood from the timber-rich Blue Ridge Mountains. Click HERE to see her restoration.
Lawndale Railway #311- This narrow guage boxcar was built around 1902 by the Lawndale Railway, a 9-mile pike that ran between Shelby and Lawndale, NC. It was retired in 1943 and is a wonderful testament to the textile legacy of North Carolina. Click HERE to see its restoration.
The newest acquistion of the Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum is Virginia-Carolina #50, a 2-6-0 Mogul locomotive built in 1922 by the American Locomotive Company (Alco). Sh e was originally one of three engines of this class built for the Cuban sugar plantations, but the order was cancelled when the sugar market collapsed.
She then saw service for a timber company, and then spent the bulk of her operating life working for the V-C company. In 1960, the engine was placed in the city park of Lakeland, Florida, where she has resided for the past 50 years.
Yadkin Railroad #100- This railbus was built by the Edwards Railcar Company in 1924 at its plant in Sanford, NC. It ran between Salisbury & Badin, NC, and later in South Carolina.
ET&WNC #1- This gang railbus/motorcar was built by the ET&WNC in the late 1920's to haul work crews between Johnson City, TN and Boone, NC. It is being restored to operation and will be a mobile ambassador for the museum. Click HERE to see photos of her restoration.
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West Virginia Midland #1- This baggage car, build in 1902 by Jackson & Sharpe, served the WV Midland and the Pardee Curtin Lumber Company in the mountains of West Virginia. This car is the only known narrow gauge baggage car with a southeastern heritage still in existence.
West Virginia Midland "Holly"- This private office car, build in 1902 by Jackson & Sharpe, served the WV Midland and the Pardee Curtin Lumber Company in the mountains of West Virginia. This car is the only known narrow gauge office car with a southeastern heritage still in existence.