Embark on a journey aboard our historic short-line locomotive! Our most regularly scheduled voyages, fondly known as “The Local,” initiate from our distinguished Grand Junction Station, heading towards East Chattanooga. Here, you’ll enjoy a stopover featuring an intriguing demonstration of a classic turntable, followed by a tour of our workshop.
Preserving a Legacy: The Journey of Hartford and Slocomb Railroad 913 at TVRM
The rich history of railroading is full of extraordinary machines, each with its unique story. Among these is the Hartford and Slocomb Railroad 913, a locomotive with a remarkable past that has found a home at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM).
A Product of American Excellence
Constructed in 1950 by the renowned American Locomotive Company (ALCO), the 913 was initially part of a set of ten RS-1 units that were destined for the Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay Railroad (Bay Line). This order marked a significant advancement in locomotive technology, showcasing ALCO’s commitment to engineering excellence and reliability.
Journey to the Hartford and Slocomb Railroad
After its stint with the Bay Line, the 913 found a new home with the Hartford and Slocomb Railroad. This transition signified a new chapter in the locomotive’s life, adapting to new routes and responsibilities. The unit served with dedication until changes in the railroad industry, and mechanical issues led to its retirement.
Donation to TVRM
In 1992, when the Hartford and Slocomb Railroad was largely abandoned, a decision was made to donate the 913 to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. This generous gift allowed the locomotive to be preserved, maintaining a physical link to an era of railroading that is rapidly becoming a distant memory.
The unit operated briefly at TVRM, its powerful engine and sleek design capturing the imagination of visitors. However, mechanical issues soon forced its retirement, a decision made by the preservationists at the museum.
A Lasting Legacy
Today, the Hartford and Slocomb Railroad 913 remains on display in TVRM’s display yard at Grand Junction. It stands as a testament to the evolution of railroading, a tangible reminder of the industry’s heritage. Visitors to the museum can witness this piece of history up close, appreciating the craftsmanship and engineering prowess that went into its creation.
While it may no longer thunder down the tracks, the 913 continues to inspire and educate. Its story is a window into a time when railroads were the arteries of a nation, connecting communities and fueling economies. Through the dedicated efforts of TVRM, the legacy of Hartford and Slocomb Railroad 913 will endure, offering future generations a glimpse into the past, preserving the romance and allure of the golden age of railroading.
Locomotive: Hartford and Slocomb Railroad 913
Locomotive Type: Diesel-Electric
Operators: Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay Railroda (Bay Line), Hartford and Slocomb, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Builder: American Locomotive Company
Date Built: 1950
Locomotive Weight: 247,500 lb
Prime Mover: ALCO 539T
Horsepower: 1,000 hp