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Smoky Railroad Railroad

From 1910 until 1961, the city of Sevierville, Tennessee, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, was served by a railroad of its very own. This shortline, built in 1908 and 1909 to standard gauge, linked then-remote Sevierville with the nearby commercial and industrial center of Knoxville, some 30 miles distant. Originally dubbed the Knoxville, Sevierville & Eastern Railway, locals came to know the KS&E as the "Knoxville, Slow & Easy" (or just "Slow & Easy"), given the unhurried pace of its trains.

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Tennessee shortline A meandering 30 mile standard gauge Tennessee shortline, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad ran through the western foothills of the Smokies between Vestal and Sevierville, Tennessee. This region is a rich agricultural and timber area. The road began as the Knoxville, Sevierville and Eastern Railway Company, incorporated on July 15, 1907. Three Baldwins and a Lima served the road during steam years; a General Electric 44 tonner offered a brief flirtation with diesel service. Passenger service (mixed train, no less) was dropped in 1951, and the line was abandoned by 1964.

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This page was updated on 2016-04-16