The Copperhill Special train ride offers a unique opportunity to take in the natural beauty of the lower Hiwassee River Gorge. This train travels a longer distance through Turtletown, Ducktown, and on to the former mining town of Copperhill.
This 60 seat lightweight coach was built in 1946 by American Car & Foundry for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. It was use on their premier train, The Hummingbird, which ran between Cincinnati, OH and New Orleans, LA. The coach was later owned by the Friends of the 261 and based in the Twin Cities area, and then sold to the Hardin Southern Railroad in Kentucky. The car was purchased by TVRM in 2006, and soon thereafter restored to its as-delivered L&N appearance. Today, the car is in service on the Hiwassee River Railroad, and carries markings honoring the memory of longtime Hiwassee River Railroad car host and L&N Track Foreman, Parnick William (P.W.) Jones.
Car: Louisville and Nashville Railroad 3103
Car Type: Coach
Operators: Louisville and Nashville Railroad, Friends of the 261, Hardin Southern Railroad, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Builder: American Car and Foundry
Date Built: 1946
Number of Seats: 60
Paint Scheme: Blue
Lettered: Louisville and Nashville