Special ride planned for anniversary of Old Line Railroad

ETOWAH, Tenn. (AP) – A special ride on the Old Line Railroad between Etowah to Copperhill is planned to commemorate the completion of the line 125 years ago.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1Cu2Ahi) many tourists take the slow train ride through the 8,000-foot-long Great Hiwassee Loop of the Old Line Railroad. But the anniversary ride is intended to show more than the scenic beauty of the Cherokee National Forest and Hiwassee Gorge. It will demonstrate the line’s historical importance to the area.

Built in 1890, the Old Line was part of an economic development project intended to revive the flow of copper, timber, marble and other minerals from Copperhill.

The June 27 anniversary ride will take place in restored vintage coach cars will include passengers dressed in period clothing.