Watertown turned into a Western frontier Saturday when Tennessee Central Railway Museum held its Wild West excursion train ride.
Riders enjoyed a train robbery and a shootout in Watertown’s Court Square between a band of misfits called the Dead Tree Desperados and the sheriff. This trip is among numerous railroad trips with various themes and destinations offered every year.
Saturday’s event traveled from Donelson in Nashville at 9 a.m. to Watertown, a 90-mile round trip that took approximately five-and-a-half hours.
Desperados boarded the train just before entering Watertown. Actors dressed in Wild West attire asked for “donations” from the passengers. The robbers showed they had a kinder side as they posed for pictures and shared a few jokes with passengers. The effort raised $1,100 that will go into a college scholarship fund.
Outlaws then followed the train to town and had a Wild West shootout with Sheriff Marshal Montana and his deputy on Main Street. After the air cleared and the sheriff retrieved the stolen loot, all the actors banded together to amuse the crowd with trick shots using coins and balloons.
The Tennessee Central Railway Museum is an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation that began in early 1989 as an effort to operate excursion trains in Middle Tennessee. The museum’s mission is to preserve, restore, interpret and operate historic railroad equipment for the education of the general public about America’s railroads.
Along with a train robbery, excursion themes include Del Monaco Winery, Murder Mystery, Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine, Fall Mile-Long Yard Sale, Super Fall Foliage, and a North Pole Express excursion with Santa in November and December.
For more information about Tennessee Central Railway Museum trips, dates and pricing, visit www.tcry.org.