Little River Railroad and Lumber Company is a
non-profit corporation founded in 1982 to preserve the
heritage of the the Little River Lumber Company and the
Little River Railroad. We operate a museum in Townsend,
Tennessee, collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history
of these companies, and of the people in this region.
was the site of the sawmill, and headquarters of this
operation, which logged huge portions of what is now the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from 1901 until 1939.
Little River became famous far beyond its remote mountain
origins, due in large part to its innovations in railroad
motive power, which included invention of the first 2-4-4-2
articulated Mallet, and the smallest 4-6-2 Pacific ever
built for North American standard gauge.
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