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LOCOMOTIVE 349: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME AT TVRM

Unveiling the History of Locomotive 349

The Timeless Tale of Locomotive 349: A Glimpse into Railroad History

We’re excited to share another gem from our collection at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM): Locomotive 349, captured in its glory on the Bowdon Railroad back in the 1950s. This remarkable engine, built by Baldwin in 1891 and originally numbered 557 for the Savannah & Western Railway, has a storied past that reflects the evolution of railroad history.

A Rich History on Tracks

Originally numbered 557, this engine was renumbered to 349 by 1926. It’s not just a locomotive; it’s a storyteller, a piece of history that has witnessed the transformation of the railroad industry over the decades.

Locomotive 349 Today

Today, Locomotive 349 proudly sits in front of TVRM’s Grand Junction Station, marking its place as the oldest piece in our collection. It serves as a tangible connection to the past, offering visitors a unique opportunity to touch, see, and feel a significant piece of railroad history.

Visiting Locomotive 349

To see this magnificent piece of history for yourself and to learn more about our collection, visit TVRM’s Grand Junction Station.

More Than Just a Museum Piece

Locomotive 349 isn’t just an exhibit; it’s a testament to the craftsmanship and engineering marvels of the late 19th century. It’s an essential stop for any visitor to TVRM.

Preserving Our Railway Heritage

At TVRM, our mission is to preserve and present railroad history. Locomotive 349 is a prime example of this commitment. Learn more about our preservation efforts and how you can support them.

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Missionary Ridge Local Train Ride

January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024 EST

Embark on a journey aboard our historic short-line locomotive! Our most regularly scheduled voyages, fondly known as “The Local,” initiate from our distinguished Grand Junction Station, heading towards East Chattanooga. Here, you’ll enjoy a stopover featuring an intriguing demonstration of a classic turntable, followed by a tour of our workshop.