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Heritage Railways

The Heritage Railways blog tag offers readers a window into the vibrant world of railway preservation and history within the Tennessee Valley. This dedicated section focuses on the ongoing efforts to conserve and celebrate the region’s rich railway heritage, including the restoration of historical trains, special excursions, educational programs, and community events. Whether you’re an avid rail enthusiast or simply interested in local history, these posts provide a fascinating look at the work being done to keep the legacy of the Tennessee Valley’s railways alive and accessible. Explore the stories, images, and insights that define the essence of heritage railways at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

Bubble Tour Adventure with Thomas the Tank Engine!

Bubble Tour Adventure with Thomas the Tank Engine! Get ready for an exhilarating ride with everyone’s favorite locomotive! Thomas the Tank Engine invites you to ‘Pop’ onboard for a delightful journey with the “Day Out With Thomas: Bubble Tour.” This unique event is rolling into heritage railways nationwide, offering a whirlwind of fun and bubbles….

Enchanting Autumn Adventures at TVRM

Riding the Rails into Fall: TVRM’s Seasonal Splendor Autumn at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVMR) this year was nothing short of spectacular. As the leaves changed into their vibrant hues of red, yellow, and orange, we relaunched our beloved train journeys back to the historic towns of Chickamauga and Summerville, much to the delight…

TVRM’s 1980s Throwback: 45 Years of Locomotives 630 & 610!

A Nostalgic Ride Back to 1980 at TVRM: Celebrating 45 Years of 630 & USA 610! As dawn breaks tomorrow, visitors to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) will find themselves on a remarkable journey back in time. While every day at TVRM offers a peek into railroad history, tomorrow promises an especially nostalgic trip….

All Aboard the Hiwassee Loop: East Tennessee’s Railway Gem

As the weekend approaches, it’s the perfect time to discover one of East Tennessee’s most breathtaking scenic journeys: the Hiwassee Loop and/or Copperhill Special train ride. For both railway enthusiasts and those new to the world of trains, this trip promises unparalleled views, rich history, and a taste of engineering ingenuity. Journeying through the heart…

Day out with thomas™: the color tour is heading to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum for a colorful train ride adventure

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS™: THE COLOR TOUR IS HEADING TO TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM FOR A COLORFUL TRAIN RIDE ADVENTURE All Aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine, everyone’s favorite #1 blue engine is coming to town and bringing a colorful new spin to Day Out With Thomas events. For the first time ever Thomas & Friends…

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April 13, 2023

$200,000 Grant Awarded to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum for Restoration of Historic Pullman Sleeping Car

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…

Pullman Porters: The Unsung Heroes of American Railways and Catalysts for Change

Pullman Porters: Catalysts of Change in U.S. Railways In the golden age of American passenger railway service, luxury sleeping cars spelled elegance and sophistication, with the name “Pullman” becoming almost synonymous with such opulence. As passengers luxuriated in comfort, it was the Pullman Porters, primarily African-American men, who maintained the high standards of service that…

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…

Celebrating the US Marine Corps and the Roaring 20s: A Glimpse into Rail History

TVRM’s Tribute: Marines Guarding U.S. Mail in the 1920s The 1920s, often referred to as the “Roaring 20s”, was a decade filled with excitement, jazz, flappers, and immense cultural shifts. But beyond the music and dance, the decade holds a significant place in the annals of railroad history. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) is…

Local Railroad Historical Archives to Expand

L&N Historical Society Moves to Chattanooga: Enhancing Southern Railroad Research & Preservation The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) and the Southern Railway Historical Association (SRHA) have entered into an agreement with the L&N Historical Society (LNHS) to relocate the LNHS headquarters, archives, and company store from Bowling Green, KY to Chattanooga, TN. LNHS will occupy…