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Honoring the Legacy of Randy Freer at TVRM

Honoring Randy Freer: A Legacy of Dedication and Joy at TVRM

It is with deep sadness that we at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) announce the passing of Randy Freer, a cherished member of our community for nearly five decades and a Director Emeritus.

A Life Devoted to Railroading and Community

Randy joined TVRM in 1971, shortly after moving from New Jersey in 1968. His passion for railroading and his unwavering commitment to our museum were evident from the very beginning. Elected to the Board of Directors in 1972, he played a pivotal role in shaping the future of TVRM. In 2018, he was aptly named Director Emeritus, a title he held with honor until his passing.

A Man of Many Roles

Randy’s contributions to TVRM went beyond his leadership role. He was actively involved in a variety of museum activities, from excursion operations to equipment restoration. For many years, he was a central figure in coordinating staffing for our popular Day Out With Thomas event. His versatility also saw him operating the Trolley at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo and engineering the miniature train at Warner Park.

A Legacy of Laughter and Wisdom

Randy will be remembered for his friendly smile, wry humor, and wise counsel. He brought joy to many, whether through his leadership or while sharing his love of trains with visitors. His presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him and by the community he served so selflessly.

Keeping His Memory Alive

We invite the TVRM community and all who knew Randy to share their memories and stories about him. Let’s celebrate the life of a man who dedicated so much to the world of railroading and to our museum.

Randy Freer’s legacy will continue to inspire us as we move forward, honoring his commitment to preserving railway history and bringing joy to train enthusiasts of all ages.