A HISTORIC RETURN: WWII DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE MODEL S2 #7100 COMES HOME TO CHATTANOOGA AT TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM
History coming home: At the beginning of World War II, the US Army ordered a fleet of diesel-switching locomotives from the American Locomotive Co (Alco). In September 1943, Alco delivered model S2 #7100 for service at the recently opened Volunteer Ordinance Works in Chattanooga, now home to the Volkswagen auto plant and TVRM’s Tyner Terminal switching railway. After retirement by the Army, the engine went to TVA and then in 1999 to the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum (SARM). Through a trade with SARM, TVRM has returned the engine to Chattanooga, arriving here on Friday, August 30. This newest addition to our collection will be on display at Founders Day, September 7.