Over the years TVRM has been featured in a number of Hollywood feature films such as Leatherheads, Water For Elephants, and 42. Perhaps its most notable appearance was for October Sky where former Southern 2-8-2 #4501 made a cameo disguised as Norfolk & Western #4501 pulling coal loads and with none other than famed photographer O. Winston Link at the throttle! Perhaps the biggest news for museum came in the summer of 2010 when it was announced the museum would be partnering with Norfolk Southern in operating two of their steam locomotives, former Southern Railway 2-8-2 #4501 and 2-8-0 #630, as well as Tennessee Valley Railroad 2-8-0 #610.
Preserved Locomotives At The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Southern Railway Class Ks-1 2-8-0 #630 (Operational. Built by Alco's Richmond Works in 1904 as East Tennessee & Western North Carolina #207.)
Southern Railway 2-8-2 #6910 (Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1920 as Kentucky & Tennessee Railway #10.)
Southern Railway Class Ms 2-8-2 #4501 (Operational. Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1910.)
Tennessee Valley Railroad Class As 2-8-0 #610 (Built by Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton in 1952 as U.S. Army #610.)
Southern Railway E8A #6914 (Under restoration. Built by Electro-Motive in 1953 as Southern-subsidiary Alabama Great Southern #6914.)
Southern Railway GP30 #2594 (Operational. Built by Electro-Motive in 1963.)
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum GP7 #1824 (Operational. Built Electro-Motive in 1951 as U.S. Army #1824.)
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum GP7 #1829 (Operational. Built Electro-Motive in 1951 as U.S. Army #1829.)
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum GP7 #710 (Operational. Built by Electro-Motive in 1950 as Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis #710.)
U.S. Army RSD-1 #8669 (Operational. Built by the American Locomotive Company in 1945 as U.S. Army #8669.)
Following a few years of restoration, with help from NS, #4501 and #630 were returned to service while #610 is currently awaiting work. If you are interested in planning a visit to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum they have become quite popular for their wide array of excursion trains they offer. For instance, their daily trip is known as the Missionary Ridge Local, which operates from their Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga. However, they also run specials and seasonal trains with names like the Chickamauga Turn, North Pole Limited, Hiwassee River Rail Adventure, and they host the Day Out With Thomas the tank engine for kids.
|Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a photo run-by at Tiprell, Tennessee during a round-trip excursion between Knoxville, Tennessee and Middleboro, Kentucky during October of 1974.|
In addition to these trains their other runs include the Summerville Steam Special, Dinner On The Diner, Copperhill Special, Christmas Special, Valentine Dinner Train, and the New Year Dinner Train. They also host the Tennesee Valley RailFest each September in conjunction with Norfolk Southern. Finally, you can purchase trips for 21st Century Steam excursions operating along the NS system from their website. There are also other things to do such as the summer camps they host for kids in June or early July, which teaches youngsters the intricacies and history of railroads. In any event, everything listed above are just some of the activities you can find at the TVRM. To learn more about the museum please visit their website.
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