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Train History Day

Sat, Jul 13, 2019
10:00 am
- 5:00 pm

Come learn about the 1914 Climax logging locomotive on display at the Cradle of Forestry and how it and other old logging trains wound their way through the forest coves of western North Carolina.

Click and move mouse  on image below to see a 360 degree image of the train site.


  • 10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.: Western North Carolina train historian Jerry Ledford will present a slide program featuring old photographs of the real people and places that are part of local logging history. After each program Ledford will lead the group on our paved Forest Festival Trail to see the Cradle’s old Climax locomotive and discuss its history and mechanics.  

What is included:

  • Visit the Cradle’s 1914 Climax locomotive and learn how it operated.
  • See pictures from Southern Railway in the 1950s, old railroad lanterns, and other railroad memorabilia.
  • Asheville Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society members display a railroad yard and HO scale switching layout. The young and young at heart can learn how to move railroad cars within the yard, how to switch tracks, and set up an entire train from engine to caboose. 


Sat, Jul 13, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Cradle of Forestry
11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States