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The Dollywood Express is the oldest attraction at Dollywood, pre-dating the park. Before it was Dollywood, a narrow gauge tourist train called the Rebel Railroad opened in 1961 in Pigeon Forge Tennessee. The Rebel Railroad featured a five mile ride up the mountain and back on a dog bone shaped line. The first locomotive, engine 192 named "Klondike Katie" was moved to the park from the Tweestsie Railroad. 
In 1970 Rebel Railroad was purchased and rebranded as Goldrush Junction, expanding on the small operation with additional attractions being added to the small village around the train station.

For the 1977 season the park underwent another change in ownership and another name change. The Herschend Family purchased the park and renamed it Silver Dollar City, Tennessee, taking on the name of their existing park, Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri. At the same time an additional 3 locomotives were purchased, #70, 71, & 72 (running gear only).

Dolly Parton announced her intention to build a theme park in her home town, and Herschend Family Entertainment approached her about creating a joint venture with the existing park being rebranded as Dollywood in 1986.    
The Dollywood Express has remained an icon of the park as well as being one of its most popular attractions.

The trains make the 20 minute trip up the mountain, around the upper loop and then back down the mountain into the lower loop crossing several bridges a and grade crossings along the way.

2-8-2 Baldwin Serial #62234 built in May 1938 for the White Pass & Yukon Railway and retired from service in 1963. Purchased by Silver Dollar City in 1977.

It has 17" cylinder diameter with a 22" stroke. Total engine weight is 235,000 pounds generating 25,200 pounds of tractive effort through 44 inches drivers.   

2-8-2 Baldwin Serial #69427 built in 1943 for the U.S. Army then sold to the White Pass & Yukon Railway, and retired from service then sold to the Rebel Railroad in 1960.

It has total weight of 118,000 pounds producing 16,000 pounds tractive effort through 48 inches drivers. It has 16 inches diameter cylinders with a 24 inch stroke.

A 2-8-0 #107 is a standard gauge locomotive, and thus has never run on Dollywood's tracks.

Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in November 1887 for the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railway as their #419.

In 1894, it became Southern Railway #107.

In 1942, it was sold to the Smoky Mountain Railroad to help with the construction of the Douglas Dam.

 She has been on static display near the entrance of Dollywood since it opened as Rebel Railroad in 1961.

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