Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum
Why Newton, NC for this museum ?
Newton is an ideal location for this special museum, as its heart is split by a line that was once the longest narrow gauge railroad in either of the Carolinas. Located in Catawba County, NC, the museum will sit at nearly the geographic mid-point of what was originally the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad, later known as the Carolina & North-Western Railway.
In addition to its appropriate historic location, Newton is centrally located to the North Carolina Transportation Museum at Salisbury to the east, Tweetsie Railroad to the north, and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to the west.
Our location is very convenient to Interstates 40, 77, and 85, as well as US Highways 70 and 321.
Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge #2 sits on a turntable at the end of the line in July, 1884. This 0-6-0 was built by Porter Bell in 1872.
Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919 807 2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.
The restored 1924 Newton depot was originally located at the junction of the Carolina & North-Western Railway and the Western North Carolina Rail Road.