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Museum is not big but is interesting. There is no cost to go in, but they do take donations. There is a little gift shop as well with shirts, pens, and souvenirs. Out side is a steam locamotive with stairs attached so you can look inside and take your picture as well.
Railroads were the heart of every logging community. In areas with steep grades traditional railroad engines had a hard time moving through the mountains. The Shea change all of that, you rarely see a Shea engine on display, it's a piece of history that many people do not know about including railroad buffs. The little river railroad company is a... 更多
What an interesting place. While not handicap friendly for wheelchairs and scooters, it more than made up for it in information. The docent was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the lumber company as well as the Shay locomotive history in Townsend. The photos and captions did an excellent job of portraying what it was like all those years ago.... 更多
A free attraction with a knowledgeable docent. Great information on the history of Townsend and the logging industry in the Smoky Mountains. There is a Shay engine and other train related machinery on display outside of the museum building. It's worth a visit. They also have a gift shop with some nice related things to buy,
Wanting to avoid the traffic and bustle of Gatlinburg, we took some secondary highways through Townsend and stumbled across this place, Had no idea it was here but we couldn't miss the water tower and the train engine on the lot. The train engine is like one I've never seen before. The volunteer that was working the gift shop and... 更多
Very nicely displayed in chronological order with pictures and text. The only complaint is it is in an old building so there is mold which I am highly allergic to.
Imy wife and I visited here earlier today with my parents on a trip. My dad was really looking forward to to seeing the museum and we went out of our way to visit it. We looked around took pictures of the Shay engine and other items on display but the museum itself was nit supposed to open until 1:00.... 更多
My boyfriend loves steam engines and I knew immediately after I saw the one out front we were going there. It's Self guided with lots of pictures with captions. The man working in the gift shop was very friendly and informative. There was a friendly old dog that greeted us when we walked up, his name is Zeek. Very homey... 更多
Well, not "much" of a museum as we would expect but a little history of the area. There is an original steam engine and some other cars at the site but not operational. This is the RR that was used to haul lumber out of the Smokies before it was a park. Enjoy