Historic Dollywood Express Train Catches Fire

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Tragedy nearly struck one of Dollywood’s most beloved and historic icons: the Dollywood Express train engine – when engine #70 (a.k.a. “Cinderella”) caught fire on Sunday evening (October 18th, 2020).

Engine #70 coming down the hill at Owens Farm Crossing. Photo credit: Aaron Wethington

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Posted by Dollywood Express Locomotives on Friday, October 2, 2020

As reported by WATE Channel 6 ABC, a spokesperson for Dolly Parton’s famous theme park explained that the #70 train engine had caught fire while in a maintenance area on Sunday evening around 8 pm local time.

Photo credit to Jerry king. Of engine 70 rolling back in town

Posted by Dollywood Express Locomotives on Monday, August 10, 2020

The Dollywood spokesperson said that a fire started on the left side of the engine from grease that was on the engine. They also stated that the County Fair area and the “Rockin’ Roadway” ride were closed down as an exercise of caution.

The fire was extinguished quickly and nobody was injured during this incident, but the damage to this train built in 1938 is still undetermined.

Dollywood cites the #70 engine (whom they lovingly call “Cinderella”) is a locomotive built in 1938 by Baldwin Locomotive Works from Philadelphia. Furthermore, it says that during WWII, it served in Alaska and transported troops throughout the frosty tundra.

Photo of engine #70. Taken on 7/27/2020. Photo credit by Casey Rhodes

Posted by Dollywood Express Locomotives on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

We are thankful that no one was injured and none of the train cars or other historical items were damaged during this incident.

Watch the video below about the #70 below.

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