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TVRM Hosts Joint Historical Association Convention

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has hosted the first ever joint Southern Railway Historical Association (SRHA), Louisville and Nashville Historical Society (LNHS) Conventions and Railroad Prototype Modelers (RPM) meet at their Cromwell Rd Campus Sept 29-Oct 1. The convention combined seminars, modeling clinics, exploring prototype equipment, a charter dinner train and special speakers.   The SRHA and LNHS are sharing the archives building on the TVRM campus with “The Center for Southeastern  Railroad Research” at TVRM, with their respective collection of historical materials. A special dedication was held for the photo collection room in the Joint Archives Building. The room was dedicated in honor of Jim Wrinn, an SRHA founder, writer and former editor of Trains magazine.   Models shown at the RPM meet are intricately and accurately constructed scale models of railroad equipment and structures typically requiring hundreds of hours to…

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October 1, 2022

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Awarded Save America’s Treasures Grant

The National Park Service (NPS) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services announced on Friday September 9, 2022, $24.25 million in Save America’s Treasures grants to fund 80 projects in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, TN has been awarded $200,000 toward restoration to display and operation of historic Pullman sleeping car The Maitland. The Maitland, built in 1925 with twelve open sleeping sections and one drawing room, is a true time capsule of the famed Pullman sleeping car fleet.  Southern Railway donated the car to TVRM in March of 1965, when it was retired, having formerly carried passengers in peacetime as well as wartime service on the WWII home front.  Though they were once a mainstay of travel by rail,…

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September 12, 2022

$605 K Grant Funds Awarded to Local Culture, Heritage, and Arts Par

The Chattanooga Tourism Co. is pleased to announce the awarding of $605.5K to 28 local culture, heritage, and arts partners through the second round of the Cultural Tourism Advancement (CTA) Grant. This year’s process was highly competitive, with 39 applicants requesting $1.3 million in assistance for events, enhancements, exhibits, and more. “We are proud to help elevate our tourism community through the CTA Grant. This program is a great collaborative opportunity for us to support our partners in enhancing their offerings for our community’s economic and social prosperity,” said Barry White, CEO and President. “The travel and tourism industry is a vital economic driver for Hamiton County, welcoming 15.6 million visitors annually, and we strive to ensure a constant pulse of positive and diverse experiences to excite the traveler’s imagination in finding their way to Chattanooga.” The 2022 CTA Grant…

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June 16, 2022

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Celebrates 60 Years of Preserving Railroad History

October 8, 2021 Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Celebrates 60 Years of Preserving Railroad History Chattanooga, TN — The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) has been preserving railroad history since 1961, and this month, it is kicking off a year-long celebration that will highlight the museum’s 60-year heritage with two weekends of special events and displays….

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October 8, 2021

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Receives Rare TVA Locomotive

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum announced the donation of a significant railroad locomotive from the Tennessee Valley Authority to the Railroad Museum’s collection, a Fairbanks-Morse model H16-66 #F3060.  Built in 1958 and known as the “Baby” Trainmaster, the locomotive was a 1600 horsepower version of the 2400 H24-66 Trainmaster, at that time the most powerful…

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August 17, 2021

Smoke & Cinders (2020) – 2020, Certainly Not The Year We Planned

2020, Certainly Not The Year We Planned To our members, annual pass holders, supporters and friends – It’s hard to write a newsletter that spans from the end of the fourth quarter of 2019 (by most measurements a good year) through four quarters of 2020 that doesn’t make the Coronavirus Pandemic the central story…

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June 3, 2021

Day out with Thomas™ is pulling into Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS™ IS PULLING INTO TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM FOR AN OUTDOOR PARTY YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS! Chattanooga, TN 04.14.21 All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine will be hosting outdoor events at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum on May 1, 2, 8, 15, & 16, 2021. With extensive health and safety…

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April 14, 2021

Smoke & Cinders (1st Quarter 2018) – Hiwassee River Railroad: Always an Adventure

Hiwassee River Railroad: Always an Adventure The Hiwassee District of TVRM had a banner year 2018. We set an attendance record of over 18,000 passengers, established a new ride option for schools and a new-to-us Dome Car was put in service in September. We also completed needed additions to our infrastructure at the Gee Creek…

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April 12, 2021

Smoke & Cinders (2nd Quarter 2018) – It All Started with A Birthday Party

It All Started with A Birthday Party Second of two part series The 6914’s restoration is the first, complete diesel locomotive restoration done at TVRM. Refurbishing the cab was one of our biggest hurdles. Before TVRM began work on the E8, the cab had been almost completely stripped. There was no floor, no brake equipment,…

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April 12, 2021

Smoke & Cinders (3rd Quarter 2018) – Doubleheading at TVRM

Doubleheading at TVRM If there’s anything more exciting than a train powered by a steam locomotive, it’s a train powered by two steam locomotives. Some of our most popular excursions include TVRM’s Summerville Steam Specials, when Southern 630 and 4501 are on the point. While these trips provide a lot of sensory stimulation, a more…

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April 12, 2021

Smoke & Cinders (4th Quarter 2018) – Thirty Tons of Archives

Thirty Tons of Archives The Southern Railway Historical Association was formed at the former Southern Railway’s Spencer Shops, now The North Carolina Transportation Museum, in 1986. Almost immediately individuals and Norfolk Southern recognized “SRHA” as a group that was strongly focused and interested in preserving the history of Southern Railway. TVRM and SRHA’s mutual interest…

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April 12, 2021

Smoke & Cinders (2nd Quarter 2017) – What it takes to put on an event

What it takes to put on an event While about 70% of our ridership comes from passengers on our “regular” trains (Missionary Ridge Local, Hiwassee and North Georgia), the remaining 30% come from special events. Those 30% of our riders represent 57% of our passenger revenue due to the higher prices charged for the events….

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April 12, 2021