The Little Engine That Could
By Jeff Campbell / Jeff In Jefferson
Last month one of our most treasured Jefferson attractions, the Historic Jefferson Railway, suffered a set back. The boiler on the authentic narrow gauge steam engine has to be repaired and engineers, who have expertise in this area, are being brought in to ascertain the damage. Luckily the train is still running and entertaining visitors, while being pulled by the “Critter.”
The Critter is a narrow gauge switcher; switchers are usually the railroad’s workhorse, used to move and relocate rail cars in large rail yards. The Historic Jefferson Railway’s Critter has been called into duty; to shoulder the load until the steam engine is up and running again.
The train runs Fridays at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 2:30, 4:30, 9:00 PM. The 45 minute train ride showcases the unique geography of the East Texas Caddo region. During the week the Critter is getting a new purple paint job that suits his new “public job duties.
While visiting the railway, learn more about Jefferson’s railroad history by touring Jay Gould’s Atalanta rail car and the RD Moses model railroad at the Jefferson Historical Museum.