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.
1949’s ‘Emory and Henry College’ Thrives as Commuter Car at TVRM
Constructed in 1949 by the Budd Company for Norfolk and Western Railway, the 1488, also recognized as the “Emory and Henry College,” was originally a lightweight, S1 class sleeper car. Its initial configuration consisted of 10 single-passenger roomettes and 6 double bedrooms, designed to accommodate two passengers each. Despite no longer functioning as a sleeper car, the 1488 was repurposed as a commuter car. Over the course of its operational history, it served on the Pennsylvania Railroad, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC), and Mid America Railcar. In 2020, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) acquired the 1488, and it has remained in operation since that time.
Car: Norfolk and Western 1488/”Emory and Henry College”
Car Type: Coach
Operators: Norfolk and Western Railway, Pennsylvania Railroad, Maryland Area Regional Commuter, Mid America Railcar, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Builder: Budd Company
Date Built: 1949
Number of Seats: 88
Paint Scheme: Orange and Brown
Lettered: Orlando & Northwestern
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.