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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The last steam train used in America

The last steam train in use in America

I suppose the distinction of "The last steam train in use in America" can be up for debate, but it's the claim of this Historic Marker. This steam locomotive was used by North America Rayon from 1936-1992. North American switched its plant in with fireless 0-6-0F #1 until some time in 1992. #1 was a well-known fireless steamer, which interchanged regularly with steam engines from connecting East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR until they dropped the fires in 1967. After that, #1 continued toiling away in the plant, until an anonymous date in 1992.

This steam train is located in Elizabethton, TN next door to their visitors welcome center along US19E & US321. Here's what this locomotive looked like while in use: www.steamlocomotive.com/colored/narc1.jpg

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