REMEMBERING GRADY RAGAN: A TVRM LUMINARY
In Memory of Grady Ragan: A TVRM Legend
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Grady Ragan, a stalwart of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM), on June 26, 2020. In tribute, the iconic 4501 proudly dons black flags in his honor today.
Grady wasn’t just an employee; he was part of the very fabric of TVRM. As one of our most seasoned members, volunteers, and contributors, Grady’s legacy is deeply woven into our history. Starting his journey with us shortly after TVRM’s inception in 1961, Grady was instrumental during pivotal moments, such as the acquisitions of the 4501 and K&T 10.
His versatility was unmatched. From being a meticulous craftsman in our repair shop, skillfully welding on locomotive fireboxes or carrying out repairs on a coach, to serving as a master of countless tasks that kept TVRM thriving – Grady was our go-to. His dedication even led him to roles as varied as the hot dog chef in the commissary to a dishwasher on the dining car.
Beyond his technical acumen, Grady was a beacon of mentorship and friendship. Many TVRM members and employees have been privileged to work alongside him, absorbing invaluable knowledge and skills that they’ve taken with them on their journeys. He has left an indelible mark on our hearts, both individually and as the larger TVRM family.
In Grady, we didn’t just lose an employee; we lost a giant of TVRM. His wit, charm, and unwavering dedication will be deeply missed.