Clinchfield 100 coming home to Erwin

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Many railroad enthusiasts in East Tennessee are likely familiar with the Clinchfield 100.

After 30 years away, the railcar will soon make its final stop in the region that was once its home.

The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum purchased the Clinchfield 100 recently from its owner in Florida. Since its construction, the car has changed names and hands a number of times.

Officials say the historical society hopes to have the car back in the area sometime this year, and that it will serve as a display car.

The historical society intends to extend the track at its Jonesborough coach yard to make room for Car 100. It will remain on display at the museum until this is complete.

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