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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum – Chattanooga – Missionary Ridge Local -97

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has hosted the first ever joint Southern Railway Historical Association (SRHA), Louisville and Nashville Historical Society (LNHS), and Railroad Prototype Modelers (RPM) meet at their Cromwell Rd Campus Sept 29-Oct 1. The convention combined seminars, modeling clinics, exploring prototype equipment, a charter dinner train, and special speakers.

The SRHA and LNHS are sharing the archives building on the TVRM campus with “The Center for Southeastern Railroad Research” at TVRM, with their respective collection of historical materials. A special dedication was held for the photo collection room in the Joint Archives Building. The room was dedicated in honor of Jim Wrinn, an SRHA founder, writer, and former editor of Trains magazine.

Models shown at the RPM meet are intricately and accurately constructed scale models of railroad equipment and structures typically requiring hundreds of hours to produce. The event was not open to the public, but to members of the respective organizations. Almost two hundred participants from throughout the United States attended.

The Tennessee Valley Model Railroaders operating model railroad layout in the basement of the TVRM office building on Cromwell Rd was open to the public.

TVRM Missionary Ridge Local trains operated on their normal schedule throughout the event featuring former Southern Railway steam locomotive 4501.

The mission of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) is to collect for preservation, operation, interpretation, and display railroad artifacts in an authentic setting to educate the public concerning the role of railroads in the history and development of our region.