Tweetsie Railroad has been around for more than half a decade, but Li’l Tweetsie, its pint-sized counterpart, is only about 15 years old.
Li’l Tweetsie is a replica of the 2-6-0 steam locomotive from the Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad, that used to pulled passengers and freight from Johnson City to Boone in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She is a precise model of the 150+ ton engine and was build by John Barden, of Charlotte, NC.
The little engine has traveled much of the east coast and even been displayed beside the full-size engine at Tweetsie Railroad.
Now, Li’l Tweetsie is going to call Banner Elk – Banner Haven Bed and Breakfast – home. The 7.5″ gauge 1.5″ scale locomotive doesn’t have any track, but that will soon change. Greg and Amy are planning a small outdoor loop in the back yard, that will allow her to reach speed of more than 10 mph.
All jokes aside, this lovely little jewel will be on display and out for play on weekends that fine Greg, Amy and their new grandson Zeb, out and about in the back yard.