Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Well the pistons keep on churnin' And the wheels go 'round and 'round And the steel rails are cold and hard For the miles that they go down...

From the archives.

Tweetsie Railroad, near Boone, NC.   Another from the film days.  As noted at Wikipedia:  Tweetsie Railroad is a family oriented railroad and Wild West theme park located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. In addition to a 3-mile ride aboard an authentic steam locomotive, the park features amusement rides and other attractions geared towards families with children.

Tweetsie is one of those places that went to as a child, and then took my kids decades later.  I'm not sure exactly when this was, but it was before my son was born.  Probably '96 or '97.  Not as impressive as Disney, nor even 6 Flags.  Or even Holiday World for that matter.  But I enjoyed it just fine.

The title, of course, is from Long Train Running, which was the Doobie Brothers' first Top 10 hit (way back in 1973).


Ol' Froth said...

The same family that owned Tweetsie also owned Goldrush Junction, near Knoxville TN. It also had a wild west theme. We went there often when I was between 4 and 8. The railroad and western town are now part of Dollywood.

LSqrd said...

I didn't know that! I've drive past Dollywood a few times, never been in.