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Doe River Gorge (more..)
Blevins, Tennessee, USA (more..)
October 24, 2013
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We're deep in the Doe River Gorge on a very cold fall day--along the right of way of the old East Tennessee & Western North Carolina narrow gauge (3-foot) main line. When "Tweetsie" made its last run in October 1950---63 years before this shot--the rails came up the following year. The right of way between Hampton and Roan Mountain was deeded to the county (Carter), which kept it open as an unpaved road. The line through the gorge is about 4 to 5 miles total, and includes four tunnels and three bridges. A succession of "shoot 'em up" scenic railroad ventures returned the route to rail use, also three-foot gauge---but they were all defunct by the mid '70s. Several years ago a non-profit church group acquired the right of way and land at Hampton for an adventure and leadership camp for teenagers. And, it has flourished. The owners have rehabbed the railroad and offer occasional rides to the public over nearly 2.5 miles of restored track. On this occasion, the photographer was treated to a ride all the way to the current end of track on an electric-powered speeder. The hosts included ET&WNC historian Ken Riddle and Doe River Gorge employee Mark Milbourne, who oversees the railroad. This is the current end of track--the first bridge over the Doe River south of Hampton. On the other side is Tunnel 4, then another bridge (overhead truss), Tunnel 5, and finally Blevins--where the old right of way is still used as a road almost to Roan Mountain. The ET&WNC was known to run double headers over this frail structure--albeit with a spacer car between the engines to help distribute the weight.
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