Historic Dollywood train engine catches fire, no injuries reported

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) – Dollywood is investigating after one of the historic steam engines of the Dollywood Express train caught fire Sunday.

According to a Dollywood spokesperson, Engine No. 70 was in a maintenance area around 8 p.m. Sunday when a small fire started from grease on the left side of the engine. Out of an abundance of caution, the County Fair area of the park and Rockin’ Roadway attraction were closed.

Dollywood’s steam engine locomotive No. 70, known as “Cinderella.” Source: WATE

The fire was put out quickly and no one was injured.

According to dollyparton.com, the No. 70 engine is known as “Cinderella” and was built in 1938 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The engine served in Alaska during World War II, transporting troops and lumber on various missions across what would become the 49th U.S. State.

Engine No. 70 was being prepared for future service so it was not scheduled to be run anyway, a Dollywood spokesperson said. A wheel bearing is out on Engine No. 192, known as “Klondike Katie,” so there will be no train in operation at Dollywood on Monday.

“We are working to repair Engine 192 to get it back into service as soon as we can, hopefully Wednesday, our next operating day,”

Dollywood spokesperson Pete Owens
Dollywood Express Engine No. 70. Source: https://www.flickr.com/people/rebbew/

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