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Doug Karhan

Remembering Doug Karhan at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum: a tribute to a legend in the world of steam locomotion. Doug Karhan’s career spanned from a volunteer in the 1970s to a master mechanic of steam, leaving an indelible mark on the heritage of railways. His meticulous work revived icons like the Norfolk & Western 2-6-6-4 No. 1218 and N&W Class J No. 611. Even after transitioning from steam to diesel, his passion remained unquenched, contributing significantly to the TVRM shop staff. Doug’s story is one of dedication, mentorship, and the relentless spirit of preserving railroad history. This exhibit honors his legacy, celebrating the machines he brought to life and the countless individuals he inspired.

In Memory of Doug Karhan: A Legacy in Steam

Doug Karhan: A Steward of Steam’s Legacy The world of steam locomotion and railway heritage has recently bid farewell to one of its unsung heroes. Doug Karhan, a venerated master mechanic of steam for Norfolk Southern from 1982 until the end of excursions in 1994, passed away on November 11, 2021. His legacy is a…