Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dollywood Launches the Hero Tour + FireChaser Track Installed

© Dollywood
Today marked the start of the FireChaser Express Heroes Tour, which will travel around to fire stations in Eastern Tennessee to celebrate the bravery and dedication of all firefighters.  The tour started at the Knoxville Fire Department Station #1, where Dollywood also debuted their classic fire truck, seen above.

The truck, formally named the Wilderness Pass V.F.W. Engine No. 3, will travel around to the different stations, and is a vintage 1941 Ford model.  Both the park's public relations staff and the Knoxville Fire Chief were on hand to stress the importance of fire safety and honor the firefighters.

A vintage water hose will be signed by firefighters as a part of the tour, and eventually the hose and the 1941 Ford truck will be a permanent part of FireChaser Express' theming.

© Dollywood
The coaster itself made a big stride this week with the instillation of the first piece of track and supports!  Looking good so far - now it's only uphill... then downhill... and then uphill again (you get the drift!) from here!