Archive for December, 2010

Comments Off on New book tells history of ‘Railroad that Couldn’t Be Built’

Source: The McDowell News By Mike Conley In the 1870s, the state of North Carolina set out to build a railroad across the steep mountains between Old Fort and Ridgecrest. The job would be done with convict labor, dangerous nitroglycerin and incredible determination. Many thought the railroad could not be built. But the railroad would […]

Comments Off on Transportation museum fires up coal engine!

Source: The Flagg 75 steam engine spits, coughs, breathes heavily and blows off a lot of steam before it finally moves. In other words, I can relate. I hopped into the cab of the 1930 workhorse locomotive Saturday morning as Engineer John Barnett of Raleigh backed it onto the roundtable at the N.C. Transportation […]