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.
Southern Railway 1000: Step Back in Time with a 1920s Restored Pullman Experience
Delve into history aboard the Southern Railway 1000, a heavyweight coach brought to life in 1925 by the renowned Pullman Company. Originally bearing the mark 1653, this vintage gem boasted 72 walkover seats, a clerestory roof, and the allure of open windows. A comprehensive 1940 revamp at the Southern Railway’s Hayne Shops, however, modernized its features – introducing air conditioning, transitioning to 46 standard coach seats, adding expansive washroom lounges, and incorporating a porter’s baggage space. This makeover also saw the coach embrace an arched roof, sealing the windows, and subsequently being rechristened as the 1000. Acquired by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in 1968, the coach underwent a meticulous restoration, bringing back its operable windows and sidelining the modern air conditioning. Now, passengers are charmed by its breezy rides and authentic 1920s ambiance, harmonized with the rhythmic melodies of locomotives and rolling wheels.
Car: Southern Railway 1000
Car Type: Coach
Operators: Southern Railway, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Builder: Pullman Company
Date Built: 1925
Number of Seats: 46
Paint Scheme: Colonial Red
Lettered: Tennessee Valley