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Great Smoky Mountains Railway Collection

Identifier: MSS 13-07

Content Description

The Great Smoky Mountains Railway was a railway which operated in western North Carolina, and was founded in 1988, as a tourist railroad. The railway originally operated on 67 miles of track between Dillsboro and Murphy, which was the western portion of the route known as the "Murphy Branch." The Murphy Branch operated between Asheville and Murphy, N.C., in the latter part of the 19th century and into the 20th century. In 1988, the state of North Carolina purchased the Murphy Branch from the Norfolk Southern Railroad, and then sold 52 miles of track, between Dillsboro and Andrews, N.C., to the Great Smoky Mountains Railway in 1996. In 2008, the Great Smoky Mountains Railway discontinued excursions between Dillsboro and Bryson City, N.C.


  • 1988 - 2008

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Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States