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The Magic of Restoration at Soule Shops

Behind the Scenes at Soule Shops: Where History Gets a Revival

At the heart of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) lies the Soule Shops, a bustling hub where the magic of restoration happens. It’s here that we breathe life back into historic rail equipment, ensuring that the stories of the past continue to chug along into the future.

Our commitment to preserving rail history isn’t just about showcasing static displays. At TVRM, we believe in restoration from the inside out. This often means going beyond simple repairs. Given the age of some of our equipment, finding replacement parts can be a challenge. That’s where our skilled craftsmen come in, fabricating new parts right in our shops to ensure authenticity and functionality.

One of our current projects that has garnered much attention is the Cross Keys Tavern, our new dining car. Today, Al Phillips, one of our dedicated team members, is hard at work on its roof. The meticulous attention to detail ensures that once complete, the Cross Keys Tavern will not only be a sight to behold but also a testament to the golden age of rail dining.

But that’s not all. Restoration efforts are in full swing on several other pieces of equipment:

  • Office car #98: A luxurious relic from the past, this car once served the top brass of the rail industry.
  • E8 #6914: A testament to the power and elegance of locomotives from yesteryears.
  • Southern coach 832: A reminder of the days when rail travel was the epitome of style and comfort.
  • Locomotive #200 (former Frisco): A powerful machine that once thundered across vast landscapes.
  • Caboose #41: A vital part of any train, offering a glimpse into the lives of rail workers.
  • And lastly, our new L&N Caboose #1236 is getting a fresh coat of paint, ensuring it shines brightly for visitors.

Support Our Restoration Efforts

The task of restoring and maintaining these historic pieces of equipment is both time-consuming and costly. We are dedicated to ensuring that these treasures are preserved for future generations, but we need your support. Every donation, whether big or small, goes directly into our restoration projects. Donate today and play a part in keeping history rolling.

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