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MELVIN TURNER’S 100TH YEAR HONORED AT TVRM

Melvin Turner's 100th Year Honored at TVRM

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) recently had the honor of hosting a remarkable guest, Melvin Turner, a World War II veteran who celebrated his 100th birthday this March. Mr. Turner’s visit was not just a ride on the Missionary Ridge Local but a journey through history, commemorating both his centennial milestone and his invaluable service during WWII.

A Centennial Celebration on Rails

The ride on the Missionary Ridge Local was more than just a historic occasion, marking Mr. Turner’s 100 years of a life well-lived. The TVRM takes pride in preserving rail history and was thrilled to offer this experience to someone who has witnessed a century of profound changes.

Honoring a Lifetime of Service

Melvin Turner’s service during World War II is a testament to the bravery and sacrifices made by countless individuals during one of history’s most tumultuous times. His presence on the Missionary Ridge Local serves as a moving reminder of the past and a bridge to our present, allowing passengers to reflect on the freedoms and peace secured by veterans like Mr. Turner.

Connecting Generations Through History

Mr. Turner’s ride is not just a celebration of his life but also an educational opportunity. It connects younger generations with living history, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the past and those who shaped it.

Can I learn more about Melvin Turner and others service? While specific details about Mr. Turner’s service may be personal, information about WWII and veterans’ experiences can be found at The National WWII Museum and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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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.

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