Long Steel Rail: Southern Mountain Railroads
“Long Steel Rail: Southern Mountain Railroads” is one of nine presentations in the Appalachian Outreach Program, developed by the Archives of Appalachia in 1979-1980. The presentation examines the history and development of railroads in southern Appalachia. It gives special attention to the railroads of east Tennessee, including the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad, the Clinchfield Railroad, and the Southern Railway System. The program features many historic photographs of railway stations, trains, engines, and people constructing the original lines. The sound track includes rare recordings of railroad songs, work crew chants, and interviews with people who worked for the railroads in the past.