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Memorial Park Community Center to hold program on Clinchfield Railroad stories

From Staff Reports

Senior Services of Johnson City will offer “Steam Engines and Stories of Clinchfield Railroad” when retired railroad engineer Ralph Clarke serves as a guest speaker at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City, from 10-11:30 a.m. on Monday Feb. 21. 

All ages are welcome to come out and hear Clarke share photos and stories about the historic Clinchfield Railroad in a free session.

The Clinchfield Railroad began operating Dec. 1, 1924, and for many years it was leased jointly by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Louisville and Nashville Railroad. When the L&N merged with the ACL’s successor, the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, effective Jan. 1, 1983, forming the Seaboard System Railroad, the separate operating company was unnecessary and was merged into the Seaboard. The line is now owned and operated by CSX Transportation as their Blue Ridge Subdivision (Spartanburg, South Carolina to Erwin, Tennessee) and Kingsport Subdivision (Erwin to Elkhorn City, Kentucky).

Please register in person at MPCC or by calling (423) 434-6237.