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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum photo gallery

By | November 11, 2021

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Steam locomotive exhausts steam near the ground
Steam locomotive on bridge
Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 630, a 1904 Alco product, lead the Missionary Ridge Local across South Chickamauga Creek near the Grand Junction depot. Photograph by Sol S. Tucker
Steam locomotive on bridge
Steam locomotive exhausts steam near the ground
Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 630 clears its cylinder cocks at East Chattanooga depot and shop as it begins a new day at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Photograph by Sol S. Tucker
Steam locomotive exhausts steam near the ground
Steam locomotive with passenger train on bridge
One of the grand locomotives of steam preservation, Southern Railway 2-8-2 No. 4501, pulls the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum passenger train over South Chickamauga Creek. Photograph by Sol S. Tucker
Steam locomotive with passenger train on bridge
Streamlined diesel with other diesels at night
A grand lineup of diesels at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. From left, Southern Railway E8 No. 6914, SR GP30 No. 2594, SR GP38-2 No. 5000, the class unit, and Tennessee Alabama & Georgia GP38 No. 80. Photograph by Sol S. Tucker
Streamlined diesel with other diesels at night
Nighttime photo lineup of diesels
Another view of the Southern Railway diesel line up at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s Grand Junction depot. From left, Southern E8, GP30, and GP38-2, and Tennessee Alabama & Georgia GP38 No. 80. Photograph by Sol S. Tucker
Nighttime photo lineup of diesels
Green and white streamlined diesel as viewed through cab window of another locomotive
E8 No. 6914 as viewed from a nearby Southern Railway Geep. Photograph by Sol S. Tucker
Green and white streamlined diesel as viewed through cab window of another locomotive
Streamlined passenger diesel at railway depot at night
Southern Railway E8 No. 6914 poses at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s Grand Junction depot. Photograph by Sol S. Tucker
Streamlined passenger diesel at railway depot at night

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, one of the sacred places of American railway preservation, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary with special operations of legendary Southern Railway steam locomotives Nos. 4501 and 630 and night photo sessions.

Sol S. Tucker photographed the activities for Trains the weekend of Oct. 23 and 24. Nos. 4501 and 630 pulled Missionary Ridge local trains. Night photos featured Tennessee Alabama & Georgia GP38 No. 80, Southern GP30 No. 2594, Southern GP38-2 No. 5000, and Southern E8 No. 6914.

The organization began with two friends in Chattanooga.

Paul Merriman and Robert Soule spent their free time in the early 1960s chasing after the last of steam short lines of the South. They acquired locomotives and shared their plans with like-minded friends, leading to the formation of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in 1961. The museum gained a solid foothold a few years later when Southern 2-8-2 No. 4501 headed mainline excursions on Southern Railway, and has grown to become one of the finest operating museums in the country. No. 4501 and Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 630 steam on a 3-mile ride over former Southern Railway trackage.

Tennessee Valley also debuted its new exhibit building near the Grand Junction depot with a history of the museum. This building, along with rolling stock displays at Grand Junction, will keep the museum open for visitors even on days when the trains are not running.

Museum President Tim Andrews say the events “are the start of 12 months of celebrations at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, with special events each month until a grand culmination in September 2022.” Future plans include getting much of the collection under roofs, he said. “We can’t wait to see what the next 60 years bring!”

For additional information and schedules, visit the museum website. — Sol S. Tucker, Kevin Gilliam, and Jim Wrinn

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