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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.

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Annual Membership renewal or new Annual Membership HERE

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We also need volunteers to help with our projects.  Please email us at or through the contact form above.


Little River Railroad and Lumber Company

PO Box 211

Townsend, TN 37882


865 - 661 - 0170



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:

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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.

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