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TVRM Welcomes a Unique Steam Engine Model from the Reynolds Family

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) recently became the proud custodian of a remarkable piece of railroad history, thanks to a generous donation by the Reynolds family. This exceptional artifact is a handcrafted model steam engine, created between 1903-1905 by Jake A. Dobbins, affectionately referred to as “A railroad man” by his wife. TVRM is excited to announce that this exquisite model will soon be a part of the display in the Grand Junction waiting room.

A Legacy of Craftsmanship Jake A. Dobbins’ dedication to his craft is evident in the intricate details of the model. Created over a century ago, this steam engine model is not just a representation of the machines that powered the railroads but is also a testament to the skilled craftsmanship of the era.

A Working Model with Historical Significance Accompanying the model is a photograph from a 1915 parade, featuring Mr. Dobbins alongside his creation. This image is particularly striking as it captures steam billowing from the model’s stack, indicating that it was a working replica, a remarkable feat for its time.

Honoring the Past The addition of this model to TVRM’s collection is more than just an expansion of our exhibits; it’s a celebration and preservation of the rich heritage of railroad history. The museum is honored to have been chosen by the Reynolds family to curate this beautiful piece, ensuring that it is appreciated and admired by future generations of railroad enthusiasts and historians.

Addressing Reader Questions:

  1. Who was Jake A. Dobbins and why is his model significant? Jake A. Dobbins was a dedicated railroad enthusiast, whose handcrafted steam engine model is significant due to its detailed craftsmanship and historical relevance, reflecting the early 20th-century railroad era.
  2. Will the model be accessible to the public for viewing? Yes, the model steam engine will soon be on display in the Grand Junction waiting room at TVRM, allowing visitors to appreciate this unique piece of railroad heritage.
  3. How does this donation enhance TVRM’s collection? The addition of the Dobbins steam engine model enriches TVRM’s collection by adding a tangible link to the early 1900s railroad era, showcasing the craftsmanship and technological innovation of that time.

For more information about the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and its collections, visit TVRM Collections.

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