FireChaser Express

Wild Eagle's train is in the foreground, while FireChaser Express is in the background.  The Dollywood Express railroad train is hidden by the trees, but a large cloud of smoke made by the locomotive is visible emanating from the woods.

Dollywood Express is a 3-foot narrow gauge railway line that has been operating since the park opened in 1961.  Its track runs a 2.5 mile circuit around the park.  The train was originally called the Rebel Express, and the amusement park's first name came from the train.  It changed names a few times but became the Dollywood Express in 1986.   The park has two coal-fired steam locomotives.  A typical day sees an engine consume 5 tons of coal.

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