Southern Railway 2-8-2 #4501 - Built in 1911 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works; restored to operation at TVRM in 2014 and making its public debut at Railfest.  This locomotive will be featured on Missionary Ridge Local trains on a rotating schedule. You won't want to miss seeing #4501 in operation for the first time since 1998!  To see the exciting announcement, click here




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Southern Railway 2-8-0 #630 - Built in 1904 by the American Locomotive Company Richmond Works; restored to operation at TVRM in 2011.  This locomotive will be featured on Missionary Ridge Local trains on a rotating schedule.  For a history timeline and more photos, click here








Southern Railway FP7 #6133 - Guest locomotive FP-7 #6133 will be making a repeat appearance at Railfest this year pulling Missionary Ridge Local trains on a rotating schedule.  This locomotive was a very popular attraction at previous Railfest gatherings.  The visit is courtesy of our friends at the North Carolina Transportation Museum.








Southern Railway GP30 #2594 - Built by EMD in 1962; donated by Norfolk Southern to the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia.  This locomotive is leased by TVRM and used frequently to pull Chickamauga Turn and monthly dinner trains.  More info about #2594 here.





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Modern Power - Our main sponsor, Norfolk Southern, will provide a modern diesel-electric locomotive for display such as a SD40-2 or GP40-2 (shown.)  In addition to the NS locomotive on display, you will see the railroad's freight trains parading past Grand Junction Station on the adjacent NS main line.  Bring your camera as you never know when one of the 20 specially-painted "Heritage Units" will pass by unannounced!





NC&StL Caboose #41 - Built in 1929 for the Florida East Coast Railway, Caboose #41 ended its revenue service career on the "Mountain Goat Line" between Cowan and Tracy City, Tennessee, where it was used as a "Drover's Caboose" which allowed local residents to ride on freight trains.  The caboose will be on display and open for inspection.





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TVRM Business Car #98 Eden Isle - Built in 1917 for the Baltimore & Ohio  private car fleet, Car #98 was used by B&O executives as they traveled around their system taking care of business before being sold into private ownership.  Car #98 has called TVRM home for nearly 35 years.  The car will be on display and open for inspection.





little 4501 See "Little 4501" at Railfest!  This is an accurate 1/12th scale (also known as 1" scale) 4-3/4" gauge live steam locomotive owned by Jessi Krebs of the Chippewa Northwestern Railway Society in Goehner, Nebraska. The locomotive is modeled specifically after the 1911 Baldwin 2-8-2 built for Southern Railway (read: #4501).  It was hand built by Mr. Robert Darden of Richmond, Virginia over a 10+ year time span from his own sketches and drawings during the 1980's.  Meet Jessi as he displays his #4501 under steam and operates it over a short length of panel track. 





Representatives from Norfolk Southern will available to talk about modern railroading. Find out why railroads are so important in making America move!  We thank Norfolk Southern for sponsoring Railfest!





Operation Lifesaver will be in attendance spreading the message of safety around tracks and trains.  Find out why "Look, Listen & Live" are words to live by.  Operation Lifesaver does great work!





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Meet representatives from TRAINS Magazine....THE magazine of railroading.  TRAINS is a great way to keep up with current railroading news, as well as information about the preservation community.





Model train layouts will be presented by:


                     CARC                  GGRS



Tinplate                          TAG2                         



For information about Railfest entertainers click here




Don't miss our line of exclusive RAILFEST merchandise!



Some of our vendors:

  mcbrayer        markfurhman         Mr Adams handcars for railfest


                           pizza_hut                       summer snow












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