The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a unique museum that attracts the attention and fascination of many media outlets. 


 

Press Releases

 

Chattanooga's Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Keeps the Big Wheels Rolling

 

Chattanooga's Railroad Flashback

 

Ride Railroading's Golden Age in Chattanooga

 

Southern Railway #630 Facts

  • 1904 - Built for Southern Railway by American Locomotive Company; 2-8-0 "Consolidation" designed for freight service to replace locomotives built in the 1890's
  • 1904-1952 - Used in freight service by Southern Railway
  • 1952 - Instead of being scrapped, it was sold to East Tennessee & Western North Carolina (ET&WNC) Railroad (Johnson City, TN)
  • 1952-1967 - Used in freight service by ET&WNC
  • 1967 - Reacquired by Southern Railway to be used in excursion service
  • 1968-1978 - Used in passenger excursion service by Southern Railway
  • 1979-1989 - Leased to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) and used in Missionary Ridge Local service
  • 1990-1999 - Stored out of service by TVRM
  • 1999 - Title donated to TVRM by Norfolk Southern
  • 2000 - Restoration begins at TVRM; boiler tubes & flues removed
  • 2001 - Driving wheels removed for machine work
  • 2003 - Smokebox cut away from boiler
  • 2004 - New smokebox welded into place
  • 2009 - Driving wheels reinstalled (machined to like-new)
  • 2010 - Boiler tubes & flue replaced in addition to renewal of most parts; first boiler steam up
  • 2011 - Restoration complete in March, released from the shop, entered into service

 

Hi-Res Photos

You can download the photos by clicking on them. Photos by Steve Freer, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

 

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