Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has been working closely with Swain County to insure that the most qualified and experienced steam experts are involved with the 1702 restoration. Swain County has entered into an agreement with Mr. Steven D. Jackson of Durango, Colorado. Jackson is currently the Vice president of Mechanical Operations for American Heritage Railways (AHR) and Chief Mechanical Officer of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. He has an extensive background in railroad engineering and mechanics. Prior to joining the AHR family Jackson worked with the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad.
Jackson will serve as Project Manager for the purpose of Restoring to Operation Locomotive #1702. He will provide oversight of any sub-contractors and will review and recommend necessary restoration processes consisting of the including but not limited to the constructing the boiler, fire box and running gear.
Jackson will provide technical support and training during the restoration process to advise of best practices for future operation of Locomotive #1702. He will serve as the point of contact with outside organizations and will provide diagrams, data and information to support the needs and goals of Swain County and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
GSMR is excited to welcome Jackson to the team!