Ride a vintage short-line train! Our most frequent service trips — the “Local” — begin at our Grand Junction Station and travel to East Chattanooga for a layover to view a turntable demonstration and tour of our restoration shop.
The 1486, also named “Randolph-Macon College,” was originally built in 1949 by the Budd Company for the Norfolk and Western Railway as a S1 class, lightweight, 10-6 sleeping car. As a 10-6 sleeper, it had 10 roomettes (single passenger rooms) and 6 double-bedrooms (two passenger rooms). No longer a sleeping car, it was eventually converted to a commuter car. It also saw service with the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Maryland Area Regional Commuter. TVRM acquired the car from the Western Maryland Scenic Railway in 2019.
Car: Norfolk and Western 1486/”Randolph-Macon College”
Car Type: Coach
Operators: Norfolk and Western Railway, Pennsylvania Railroad, Maryland Area Regional Commuter, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Builder: Budd Company
Date Built: 1949
Number of Seats: 88
Paint Scheme: Tuscan Red
Lettered: Norfolk and Western
Come to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and take a ride on the North Pole Limited Christmas Train! You’ll get to visit the North Pole and see all of the Christmas decorations. It’s the most popular annual event, and has been a family tradition since 1999.