“Come ride the little train that is rolling down the track to the junction!” The long-running television classic Petticoat Junction was one of the most successful and beloved situation comedies of the 1960s. Created by Paul Henning (The Beverly HillbilliesPetticoat Junction was set in the folksy farming community of Hooterville. Petticoat Junction centers on Kate Bradley, a widow who runs the charming Shady Rest Hotel with the help of her three beautiful young daughters – Billie Joe, Bobbie Joe and Betty Joe – along with the girls’ Uncle Joe. Sam Drucker runs the local general store. Railroad engineers Charlie Pratt and Floyd Smoot operate the Cannonball, a steam engine train that runs through the valley and brings a host of interesting visitors and humorous mishaps to the Shady Rest. “Forget about your cares, it’s time to relax at the junction!”




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