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GRADY RAGAN: 50 YEARS OF DEDICATION TO TVRM’S HISTORIC RAIL LEGACY

Grady Ragan: 50 Years of Dedication to TVRM’s Historic Rail Legacy

In the heart of railway history, there’s a name that echoes with dedication and craftsmanship: Grady Ragan. For over five decades, Grady has been an integral part of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM), contributing significantly to the preservation and restoration of historic rail equipment.

The Journey Begins: A Historic Trip to Stearns, Kentucky

Grady’s journey with TVRM began in 1964, a pivotal year when Paul Merriman acquired the iconic locomotive 4501. This event marked the start of Grady’s lifelong commitment to railway heritage. His expertise was instrumental in the 4501’s restoration, a project that set the foundation for TVRM’s future endeavors in preserving rail history.

A Legacy of Restoration: Locomotives and Passenger Cars

Grady’s skills extend far beyond a single locomotive. Over the years, he has played a crucial role in rebuilding numerous passenger cars and locomotives. His work ensures that each piece of rolling stock not only looks its part but also operates safely and efficiently, offering visitors an authentic historical experience.

Gratitude for Grady: A Pillar of TVRM

TVRM extends its heartfelt thanks to Grady Ragan for his unwavering dedication. His contributions have been vital in keeping the spirit of historic railroading alive for future generations to appreciate and learn from.

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