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Rail Preservation

Explore the rich history and heritage of rail preservation at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. From meticulous restoration projects to the conservation of vintage locomotives and carriages, our Rail Preservation tag offers a comprehensive look at the ongoing efforts to maintain and celebrate the golden age of rail travel. Dive into detailed insights on restoration techniques, preservation stories, and exclusive events that honor the legacy of the railroad. Join us on this journey to keep history alive and relive the charm of the bygone era of steam and steel.

Support TVRM: Keep History Rolling on Tracks

Supporting Rail Heritage: A Thank You from TVRM Your Support of TVRM Has Been Tremendous At the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM), we’ve witnessed firsthand the incredible impact of your support. Your enthusiasm and generosity have been the driving forces behind our success in preserving rail history. Without You, We Couldn’t Do What We Do

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….

History & Might: The Story of Southern Railway Wreck Crane No. 903008

Journey Through Time: The Legacy of Southern Railway Wreck Crane No. 903008 In the heart of our workshop, history reverberates as we service our iconic Southern Railway wreck crane, No. 903008. A Storied History Constructed in 1917 by the renowned Bucyrus Company, this crane has seen a century’s worth of rail history. Originally believed to…

F7A Locomotive 576: New Batteries and Bulbs Mark Step Towards Return

Last week, new batteries were installed in F7A locomotive 576, and the engine had all accessible light bulbs replaced. As a result, another major step in the locomotive‚Äôs return to service was accomplished. Once returned to service, the 576 will dethrone the 710 as the oldest operating diesel locomotive in our collection, as it was…

Revitalizing Rail History: TVRM’s Transformation of Dining Car #899 Bolstered by John Emery Rail Heritage Trust Grant

TVRM Gratefully Acknowledges John Emery Rail Heritage Trust Grant We are deeply appreciative to have been awarded a grant of $20,000 from the John Emery Rail Heritage Trust. Notably, half of this grant, amounting to $10,000, was received in mid-2022. This generous funding is instrumental in facilitating numerous enhancements to the dining car #899, known…

Call for Support: Continuing the Legacy of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

A Journey Fueled by Success Over our sixty-one years, TVRM has seen more than our share of challenges. Overall, our successes have outpaced our failures as evidenced by our rolling stock, staff, facilities and visitation. TVRM has weathered many of the recent storms with help from our freight business, returning passenger events, tight control of…

A Historic Return: TVRM Welcomes Office Car No. 21 After 42 Years

A Historic Return: TVRM Welcomes Office Car No. 21 After 42 Years The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) is a place where history comes alive, where every rail car has a story to tell, and where memories of a bygone era are preserved for future generations. This week, we are thrilled to announce the return…

Restore the Eden Isle #98 This Giving Tuesday

Support the Restoration of Office Car #98 on Giving Tuesday Today, on #GivingTuesday, a movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity, we are reaching out to our community and rail enthusiasts with a special appeal. Our beloved Office Car #98, known as the Eden Isle, requires restoration to return it to its original splendor,…

Smoke & Cinders (1st Quarter 2017) – The First 55 Years

A Ride Down Memory Lane: Steam Locomotive 630 and The Legacy of TVRM It seems like yesterday that we watched steam locomotive 630 roll out for test runs in the spring of 2011. I still remember the excitement in the air, the buzz of anticipation and the pride that every TVRM employee felt on that…