On September 9th, 2017, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad celebrated the 75th Birthday of our steam locomotive No. 1702. The specialty excursion ran between Dillsboro and Bryson City, North Carolina, featuring photo runbys at select locations. In Bryson City, the passengers enjoyed a turntable demonstration, a ninety-minute layover, and a celebratory birthday cake. After lunch, 1702 performed multiple runbys on the trip back to Dillsboro, including a stop at the famous wreck scene from the film “The Fugitive!” Sporting special white “Extra” flags, 1702 performed twelve runbys for the passengers over the course of the day, a new GSMR record!
This excursion was the first time No. 1702 completed a trip facing both directions without the assistance of diesels. We thank the passengers who chose to ride this historic excursion, your support assures that special excursions are possible in the future.
If you did attend the 75th Birthday Celebration of No. 1702, send in your best photo and be entered to win a FREE steam cab ride on a regular excursion of your choosing. To submit your entry, visit our submission form located HERE.
To view the remainder of the 2017 steam schedule, visit our website, located HERE.
Thank you to Smoky Mountain Steam for the use of these video clips, more videos are available on their YouTube channel located HERE. Make sure to watch in High Definition!
The train crew who made this historic run possible, kudos fellas!
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad invites you to share your memories with us! In honor of 1702’s 75th Birthday, GSMR will be creating a “memory board” spotlighting the Steam of the Smokies! We want you to submit your favorite photos and videos of #1702 from any era! When doing so, you will have a chance to see your memories shared on GSMR’s official social media accounts and various other platforms. We are searching for vintage photos from all points in 1702’s history. You may even see your photo featured on our website!
The link to the Memory Board submission form is located HERE
Here is a throwback from an Andrews excursion in 2004!
We can’t wait to see what you have to share!