Embark on the Copperhill Train Ride, an extensive 94-mile round trip journey traversing the lower Hiwassee River Gorge and the unique Hiwassee Loop, culminating in the paired cities of Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, Georgia. Enjoy a self-paced lunch during a 90-minute layover, making your day-long adventure a memorable one.
1946’s L&N Railroad 3103: A Restored Icon Serving the Hiwassee River Railroad
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad 3103, a lightweight coach with 60 seats, was constructed in 1946 by American Car & Foundry for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. This coach was utilized on their top-tier train, The Hummingbird, which operated between Cincinnati, OH, and New Orleans, LA. The coach later became a part of the collection of Friends of the 261, located in the Twin Cities region, before being sold to the Hardin Southern Railroad in Kentucky. TVRM acquired the car in 2006, and it was subsequently restored to its original L&N design. Currently, the coach is operational on the Hiwassee River Railroad and bears markers to honor the memory of Parnick William (P.W.) Jones, a longstanding Hiwassee River Railroad car host and L&N Track Foreman.
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
Embark on a remarkable 50-mile journey through the picturesque lower Hiwassee River gorge, culminating at the peak of the iconic Hiwassee Loop—a unique rail marvel found only in Farner, Tennessee, and just six locations across North America. Experience this 5-hour trip with no layovers, immersing in the history.