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Southern Railway's 5000: A Journey Through Time

Rediscovering the Glory: Southern Railway’s 5000 Dons New Paint

As enthusiasts of railway heritage, we’re thrilled to announce a spectacular revival at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM). Fresh out of the paint shop, the Southern Railway’s 5000, a beacon of American railroad history, has been meticulously restored to its former glory.

Purchased in 1972, the 5000 model was the class unit of the GP38-2 fleet, a series that saw 255 units over several years. It represented the strength and innovation of its time, contributing significantly to the Southern Railway’s operations. After years of reliable service, the 5000 was retired in 2016, but its story didn’t end there. TVRM saw the potential in this historic locomotive and acquired it in August of the same year, committed to bringing its history to life for new generations.

This restoration is not just a fresh coat of paint; it’s a journey back in time. For the first time since 1988, the 5000 is adorned with the Southern Railway’s distinct paint scheme, a visual testament to its heritage and a tribute to the era it represents.

The locomotive’s transformation is a remarkable feat, showcasing TVRM’s dedication to preserving railroad history. It’s a tangible connection to the past, allowing us to experience the golden age of railroading firsthand.

Come witness this magnificent piece of history at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Whether you’re a seasoned railfan or new to the world of trains, the sight of the 5000 in its renewed Southern Railway livery is something you don’t want to miss.

From $95

Dinner Train

March 15, 2024 - October 26, 2024 EDT

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Dinner Train is a unique opportunity to enjoy a railroad excursion trip and fine dining en route. The train travels through the Tennessee Valley, making this a perfect outing for anyone who loves trains and good food.