Little Tweetsie – BH & BERR
Little Tweetsie (Banner Haven & Banner Elk Railroad) is a 1.5″ Scale and 7.5″ Gauge coal-fired steam powered locomotive built by John Barden. Little Tweetsie runs on coal and steam just like her full-sized counterpart at Tweetsie Railroad Amusement Park.
This pint-sized version has run on tracks from Tennessee and Virginia to the Carolinas and Florida, pulling and many as 44 cars. Some cars weigh 200-300 pounds and this Little Engine is capable of pulling more than 4 tons on a level track. Generating up to 130 psi of usable steam power, the boiler and steam pistons can produce a great deal of power and propel the engine and engineer more than 30 mph.
The Banner Haven Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper, Greg Gardner, has had a lifelong interest in trains, beginning with HO and N scale tracks as a child and continuing with large G scale outdoor layouts as an adult. The fascination continues and his collection of trains has now grown to include “Li’l Tweetsie” as this engine has become known.
Friends, neighbors and future guests will have the opportunity to see and ride Little Tweetsie as early as next summer or fall, as track is added to the Yard at Banner Haven B&B.
Watch this site and book your stay at Banner Haven for an up close visit with Little Tweetsie, starting in the spring of 2016.
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