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In Memoriam

The “In Memoriam” section of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum News and Update blog pays tribute to the dedicated individuals who have made significant contributions to the railroad community and museum. We honor their memories, celebrate their legacies, and express our deep gratitude for their enduring impact.

Honoring Captain Larry Taylor with Locomotive 1829

Today, Locomotive 1829 paying tribute to a true American hero, Captain Larry Taylor. At 81 years of age, Captain Taylor, a distinguished Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War, is being honored posthumously in a ceremony steeped in respect and gratitude. Captain Taylor’s specific contributions during the Vietnam War. His acts of valor, including…

Remembering Gary Wayne Webb: A Life Well-Painted

Remembering Gary Wayne Webb: A Life Well-Painted Gary Wayne Webb, aged 72 and formerly of Jasper, TN, left us on December 29th, 2023, leaving behind a vibrant palette of memories painted over a lifetime of passion and dedication. A retired locomotive painter, Gary’s artistry can still be seen on the equipment at the Tennessee Valley…

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December 29, 2023

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum family is heartbroken by the passing of long time employee George Walker.

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum family is heartbroken by the passing of long time employee George Walker. He was involved in a tragic accident at the shop. At this time no other details are available.  Please keep Mary, Andrew, Aaron and Charlie in your prayers as they deal with this tragic loss. Please direct all inquiries…

In Memory of Jim Wrinn: TVRM Remembers

Remembering Jim Wrinn: A Pillar of the Railroad Community Yesterday marked a somber day for the railroad community as we said our goodbyes to Jim Wrinn, a beacon of support, talent, and friendship. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) deeply feels this loss. Jim wasn’t just an editor, writer, or photographer; he was an advocate…

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…

Honoring Mike Smith: TVRM’s Grounds Guardian

In Memoriam: Mike Smith – The Heartbeat of TVRM Grounds The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) stands hand-in-hand with the Smith family in mourning the loss of an invaluable team member, Mike Smith. As the steward of our grounds, Mike’s dedication made our premises a welcoming haven for visitors from all walks of life. It…

TVRM Remembers Randy Freer, Beloved Member and Director

Honoring Randy Freer: A Legacy of Dedication and Joy at TVRM It is with deep sadness that we at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) announce the passing of Randy Freer, a cherished member of our community for nearly five decades and a Director Emeritus. A Life Devoted to Railroading and Community Randy joined TVRM…

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December 16, 2020

Remembering Grady Ragan: A TVRM Luminary

In Memory of Grady Ragan: A TVRM Legend It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Grady Ragan, a stalwart of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM), on June 26, 2020. In tribute, the iconic 4501 proudly dons black flags in his honor today. Grady wasn’t just an employee; he was part…

A Tribute to TVRM’s Joyce Soule

Remembering Joyce H. Soule: A Pillar of TVRM The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our cherished life member and tireless volunteer, Joyce H. Soule, on January 25, 2019. Surrounded by her loving family, Joyce, a stalwart of Chattanooga for 60 years, left behind an incredible legacy. The…

Dedication to Jim McClellan at TVRM

A Tribute to Jim McClellan: TVRM’s Training and Education Center Dedication The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) stands as a testament to the rich history of railroads and the indomitable spirit of the people behind them. On Saturday, December 9, 2017, the museum added another chapter to this history by dedicating its Training and Education…