'21st Century Steam' Launches Labor Day Weekend

Friday, May 19, 2011

Released by Norfolk Southern

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September will mark the return of steam to Norfolk Southern rails as Norfolk Southern Corporation and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum launch a limited schedule of steam locomotive passenger excursions Labor Day weekend.


The excursion program, "21st Century Steam," will operate two trains each day Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, powered by recently restored Southern Railway Locomotive 630. Launch of the excursion program coincides with TVRM's Railfest commemorating the museum's 50th anniversary.


 

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Great places around Chattanooga to take out-of-town guests

Wednesday, May 17, 2011

Published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

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People all over the world still associate the city with the Chattanooga Choo Choo, thanks to Glenn Miller's classic song. Sadly, you can't catch a train at the hotel/dining complex at 1400 Market St., but you can spend the night in a Victorian train car, follow the course of a model railroad, explore a stately rose garden and be serenaded over dinner by singing waiters. The biggest eye-popper is the 85-foot-high grand dome in the Terminal Station.


To hear an "All Aboard," you'll need to head over to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum on Cromwell Road. During the summer, one-hour train rides on the Missionary Ridge Local run several times a day between Grand Central Station and East Chattanooga.


-- Lisa Denton

 

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All Aboard for National Train Day at TVRM

Friday, May 6, 2011

Published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Saturday will be a special day for train fanciers at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Norfolk Southern will host National Train Day at the attraction’s Grand Junction Station, with the railway offering modern locomotives, exhibits, collectibles and staff available to speak with guests. 

 

“We’ve been building a partnership with Norfolk Southern,” said Steve Freer, marketing director for TVRM. “This is another way to partner with them to bring some of their equipment in a public accessible area.”

 

 

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Hundreds herd to 'Water for Elephants' premiere

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

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A fire breather, clowns and aerial dancers entertained hundreds of Chattanoogans at Friday’s “Water for Elephants” movie premiere, but UTC student Vikki Hampstead and her friend only had eyes for Robert Pattinson. “We kept hoping he’d show up, or Reese” Witherspoon, she said, referring to the film’s two stars.She settled for the Pattinson look-alike snapping photos with fans, and hoped her picture could fool a few friends on Facebook.

 

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‘Water for Elephants’ debuts today in Chattanooga

Friday, April 22, 2011

Published in the chattanooga Times Free Press

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The circus is (finally) coming to town. Local fans will have the opportunity to see “Water for Elephants,” about half a year after a crew spent a month filming on location in the Chattanooga area.

 

The film, based on the New York Times bestseller by Sara Gruen, follows a Depression-era veterinarian played by Robert Pattinson, who is hired on to care for the animals of a traveling circus. Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz play the married couple who own the circus.

 

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Chattanooga Celebrates "Water for Elephants" Premiere

Friday, April 22, 2011

Published by WDEF News

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This weekend millions of Americans will go to the movies and see a little bit of the Tennessee Valley. The filmmakers behind "Water for Elephants" spent about a month here shooting several scenes. The city of Chattanooga celebrates the release of the Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson film with a local premiere. Behind the bright lights and movie screen, there's a bigger picture to why Chattanooga is celebrating the premiere of Water for Elephants.

 

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Chattanooga VW plant touts rail options

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Published by the railwayage.com

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Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations on Wednesday held a ceremony to commemorate the completion of rail improvements that will allow the company to move nearly 85% of the cars built in the Tennessee factory to the Volkswagen dealer network across North America. 

Both CSX and Norfolk Southern have access to Volkswagen Chattanooga, initially geared to produce Volkswagen Passats destined for 16 U.S. destinations, three Canadian locations, and one destination in Mexico. 

 

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VW dedicates rail yard

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Published by the Chattanooga Times Free Press

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As Volkswagen readies to roll out its first new Passats, the automaker’s worldwide production chief checked out the Chattanooga plant Wednesday and gave it a green light. “It’s phenomenal,” said Volkswagen AG management board member Michael Macht after officials marked completion of a massive rail yard from which 85 percent of all vehicles will be hauled to dealers. Macht, who was in the city with the Volkswagen group’s overall quality chief, cited the progress at the $1 billion plant and the new Passat it will soon launch for customers. “The new Passat will be a great car,” said Porsche’s former management board chairman. “We’re very optimistic.”

 

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Volkswagen Drives Golden Spike In Rail Yard System

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Published by The Chattanoogan

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Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations Wednesday held a ceremony to commemorate the completion of the rail system that will move nearly 85% of the cars built in the factory to Volkswagen dealer network across North America. 

The rail yard at Volkswagen Chattanooga has access by CSX, which will serve the East Coast and Norfolk Southern, which will serve the other territories. The trains will deliver Passats to 16 U.S. destinations, three Canadian destinations and one destination in Mexico. 

 

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Thomas the Tank Engine Comes to Tennessee Valley Railroad

Monday, March 21, 2011

Published in The Chattanoogan

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Thomas the Tank Engine is set to roll into Chattanooga for the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011. All little engineers are invited to cheer him on and take a ride with Thomas. The event, which takes place May 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22, will be hosted by the Tennessee Valley Railroad and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a toy company.

Pulling out of the station for its 16th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Day Out With Thomas includes a ride with a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps, temporary tattoos and hands-on arts and crafts.


Day Out with Thomas 2011 activities include:

 

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Take a (Train!) Ride Through “Water for Elephants” Filming Locations!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Published by twilightseriestheories.com

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Are you big on visiting locations that were used in films?  Then here’s something special you should check out.  Back in August, when the South had the great fortune to welcome Robert Pattinson and the production of Water for Elephants, I made the drive up to Chattanooga to see if I could catch a glimpse of them filming and so of course once the WFE trailers started coming out I was especially eager to see what the scenes shot in my area looked like on film!  WFE filmed scenes in Chattanooga, TN and Chickamauga, GA and there are a couple different spots in the two newest trailers that feature local Tennessee and Georgia scenery!  

 

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Railroad Museum Featured On History Channel Tuesday Night

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Published by The Chattanoogan

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The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum will be featured in a History Channel program entitled “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy” airing on Tuesday at 9 p.m.

The premise of the series is as follows: “Larry will travel the U.S., immersing himself in different lifestyles, jobs and hobbies that ‘celebrate the American experience.’” 

Larry and his film crew visited TVRM in April, 2010 for filming. While on site, he was given a basic history of steam locomotives and their importance in the development of industrializing the nation as well as “hands on” experience of firing up and lubricating the locomotive, operating an air pump, shoveling coal, checking the steam pressure gauge, blowing the whistle, and more.

 

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Romance on the Rails

Monday, February 14, 2011

Published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Conversations fill Grand Junction Station as more than 50 passengers wait to board the Valentine's Dinner Train. As the train pulls away, the day's fading sunlight fills the dining car as servers dressed in white shirts and black bow ties take travelers' orders. Hendersonville, Tenn., residents Kenny Pittman and Stephanie Williams, neither of whom had been on a train before, drove nearly three hours for the two-hour dinner ride. "It's really nice and romantic," Williams said. "I can't stop smiling."

 

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100-year-old train engine being rebuilt

Monday, December 13, 2010

Published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

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As far as steam engines go, the scrappy Southern Railway 630 locomotive is on the small side, but from 1904 to the 1960s, it was prized for its ability to keep rolling over hills, through tunnels and across shaky bridges.

But the little engine that could has seen better days. Mothballed for nearly 20 years, its flat-black boiler no longer bubbles, its headlight is off and its whistle is quiet as it sits beneath humming fluorescent warehouse lights at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

 

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