Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to footer
Back to Tennessee Valley Railroad News


The Legacy of Steam Engine 4501 at TVRM

This June 6, 2024, marks a significant anniversary in the world of railroading. It’s been 60 years since Steam Engine 4501 was transferred to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) from the Kentucky & Tennessee Railway. This event was the beginning of a new chapter for the engine and for TVRM, as it continues to inspire and educate visitors about the rich heritage of steam railroading.

Steam Engine 4501: A Beacon of the Golden Age

Since its arrival at TVRM in 1964, Steam Engine 4501 has been more than just a locomotive; it’s a symbol of the golden age of railroading. For many, it serves as a reminder of the era when steam engines were the giants that drove American industry and transportation.

  • What is the historical significance of Steam Engine 4501?
    • Steam Engine 4501 represents a pivotal era in American railroading. It is a tangible connection to a time when steam was the primary mode of transportation for goods and passengers across the country.
  • How has Steam Engine 4501 been preserved and maintained?
    • TVRM has dedicated significant resources to the preservation and maintenance of Steam Engine 4501. This includes regular restoration efforts to ensure that the engine remains in operational condition and can continue to be a part of our educational and historical exhibits.

For detailed information about the Southern Railroad 4501, visit TVRM’s Southern 4501 equipment page.

Support the Legacy of Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum: Your donation today can make a world of difference in preserving the rich heritage and continued success of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM). Donate now and be a part of our journey as we steam ahead into a promising future.