Little Tweetsie Getting New Track

Little Tweetsie Back on Track

Little Tweetsie lost her track in November after it was stacked in the garage for the winter and someone stole it. But, this will only slow her down temporarily. New Grass, fresh plantings, and new track means a completely new layout by summer.

Little Tweetsie

Little Tweetsie

We hope the friends, neighbors, guests and passers by will stop and enjoy Little Tweetsie this summer.

Built by John Barden over more than 10 years, Little Tweetsie has belonged to 3 people during her life. Traveling much of the east coast during that time. From the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia to Florida, Little Tweetsie has visited many tracks over the years and pulled everything from her own Little Tweetsie cars to 44 car freight trains. She has pulled passengers, adults and children alike, around short tracks of less than 1000 feet and large tracks that consists of miles of track. Like her full-size counterpart, she is a versatile live steam locomotive with lots of power and not even stolen track will stop her.

This Little Engines locomotive started life as a kit and received many years of loving construction and detailing before being purchased by Greg and Amy Gardner. In fact, many people have said the Little Tweetsie is one of the most detailed 1.5″ Scale locomotives on the east coast. Not only does she run on coal and steam, she has a steam whistle and can pull as much scale weight as has full size counterpart.

Come see Little Tweetsie run this summer, at Banner Haven Bed and Breakfast in Banner Elk, NC.

Bookmark our website and watch for a new calendar of events. We will be posting a running schedule for the summer. Also plan on attending the Banner Elk 4th of July Parade, where you are sure to see Little Tweetsie and her twin sister, the #190 Engine, which is also located in Banner Elk, NC. The two engines will be steaming their way down Main St in their home town.

Banner Haven & Banner Elk Railroad (BH & BERR) – Little Tweetsie

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.

Riding at Powers Mill Primitives

Riding at Powers Mill Primitives

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.

Li'l Tweetsie

Little Tweetsie Steam Blow Off

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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