Founded by author John Waite in 1989 with a handful of enthusiasts, the ET&WNC Railroad Historical Society has expanded to hundreds of loyal followers of the little narrow gauge railroad. Intent upon preserving the history of the railroad, the Society has been instrumental in helping save several of the few remaining pieces of rolling stock and structures. We also help in the conservation and dissemination of artifacts, photos and historical documents pertaining to the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad/Linville River Railway. The Historical Society hosts a yearly convention to conduct our business, promote the sharing of knowledge and to explore and enjoy the ET&WNC Railroad area.
A one-year membership to the non-profit Historical Society is $30.00, which funds the Society's projects. Included with this membership are newsletters and a subscription to the twice-yearly journal of the Society, Every Time With No Complaint, produced for the organization by author/historian Johnny Graybeal.
Does the ET&WNC Railroad sound intriguing? Would you like to learn more about this wonderful little railroad? Come share our passion...join the Historical Society and get to know what the ET&WNC Railroad was all about. Contact Treasurer Patricia Jennings for more information about a membership or dues.
The 29th Annual Convention of the Historical Society was held June 2, 3 & 4, 2017 at the beautiful Carnegie Hotel in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. We celebrated the 100th birthday of 3 venerable legends of the ET&WNC Railroad – The Linville Depot, Combine Car #15 and ET&WNC Engine #12. Please plan to attend our 30th Annual Convention in 2018.
Contact Vice-President Jerry Turbyfill for more information about future Society conventions.
Current officers and their contact information:
Links for Historical Society newsletters, membership forms and the chat group:
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