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Shay 2147 (Class C, 70 Ton, Built 1909)


June, July, August & October:

Daily and Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5

April, May & September, November:

Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5

December through March:

By appointment only (email or call)


Little River Railroad and Lumber Company

PO Box 211

Townsend, TN 37882




We need your support!


The Little River Museum is a 501(3)c non-profit corporation. All

Membership Dues are tax-deductible. We are supported by these dues, by donations, and by sales from our gift shop. We invite you to join us to help continue the preservation efforts. Dues are modest, at $21.47 per year, to

honor Number 2147, the last remaining Shay Locomotive to have run on

the Little River. Life Memberships are $200.

Online Membership

Annual Membership renewal or new Annual Membership HERE

Lifetime Membership upgrade or new Lifetime Membership HERE


Mail In Membership

Download a membership application in PDF format  HERE

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We also need volunteers to help with our projects.  Please email us.

The First 2-4-4-2 Articulated:    

Working with the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, the Little River created the first 2-4-4-2 articulated steam locomotive, which came to be known as the "Little River" type.