By Clint Parker
Woodfin – The Craggy Mountain Line added two railcars to their collection recently. The small railroad attraction in Woodfin took delivery of two former Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) subway cars by way of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they last saw service.
“I just fell in love with these trolley cars,” said Rocky Hollifield, who heads up the Craggy Mountain Line as he stood in one of the subway cars.
The Town of Woodfin purchased the cars for a dollar each with the dollars coming from Woodfin Alderman Ronnie Lunsford’s own pocket so the town wouldn’t be out the money. The token purchase was more of a legal procedure for the railroad companies, so the cars could be purchased by the town and donated to the Craggy Mountain Line, which then paid to have them shipped down from Pennsylvania.
While many might not think the subway cars make a good fit down in the mountains of North Carolina, Hollifield is looking to have a variety of railcars for people to see. In addition to the two new cars, he already has an Asheville trolley, a 1950s diesel engine, several cabooses and freight cars.
While not fully open yet, the line conducts rides on their trolley on the weekends and is currently featuring their Fall Hay trolley rides and in November and December, their always popular Jingle Bell rides. During the operation of the trolley, many of the railcars are open to visitors.
To find out more about the Craggy Mountain Line, you can visit their website (craggymountainline.com), Facebook page (facebook.com/craggymountainline), or call them at 828-808-4877.