Includes all-day entrance to the property and exhibits on the property. Does not include a train ride.
Admission is included with a Train Ticket. Do not buy if you have already purchased a train ride.
Introducing the Tennessee Valley Authority’s F3060, a Fairbanks-Morse H-16-66 model, often referred to as the “Baby” Trainmaster. Manufactured in 1958, this 1600 horsepower locomotive is a smaller version of the H-24-66 Trainmaster, the most potent single-unit locomotive during its era. This locomotive represents one of the few surviving relics from Fairbanks-Morse, a brief presence in the locomotive supply market.
The F3060 was dispatched to TVA’s Gallatin generating plant near Gallatin, TN, where it was dedicated to transporting coal for four miles from the CSX interchange to the plant. This workhorse was retired in 1997 when the mode of coal transportation transitioned from rail to barge. Today, it is among only nine preserved Fairbanks-Morse locomotives.
Post World War II, Fairbanks-Morse ventured into the diesel locomotive sector, intending to leverage its distinctive opposed piston engine, widely utilized in submarines and other naval vessels. Despite producing more horsepower per cylinder than contemporary diesel engines, this design’s susceptibility to the rough railroad environment and high maintenance requirements led to its eventual downfall.
TVA 3060 is one of the final locomotives delivered by Fairbanks-Morse before its exit from the locomotive market in 1963, having produced fewer than 1500 units. The Gallatin plant provided an ideal location for the locomotive’s operation for nearly four decades. Its simple operation, dedicated maintenance teams, and a short, flat route ensured the F3060’s longevity. With Fairbanks-Morse still supporting their engines, it’s easy to envision the locomotive operating even today.
In 2019, TVA approached TVRM regarding the possible donation and preservation of the locomotive. By 2021, F3060 made its way to TVRM by truck and is now a cherished exhibit at Grand Junction.
Locomotive: Tennessee Valley Authority F3060
Locomotive Type: Diesel-Electric
Operators: Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Date Built: 1958
Locomotive Weight: 286,000 lb
Prime Mover: FM 38D-8 1/8
Horsepower: 1,600 hp
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.