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Explore the rich and transformative history of railroads at our museum. Discover how trains revolutionized travel, trade, and communication, shaped nations, and fueled progress. Engaging exhibits and artifacts bring to life the innovations, stories, and cultural impact of railroading. Join us for a captivating journey through time that celebrates the legacy of the rails.

The Transformation of Office Car No. 98

Reviving History: The Transformation of Office Car No. 98 In the realm of historic preservation, the restoration of railway vehicles holds a special place, blending engineering prowess with a deep respect for our past. A prime example of this is the ongoing restoration of our 1917 office car No. 98. This week marked a significant…

Revamping TVRM’s Railways: Missionary Ridge Tunnel Project

Revamping TVRM’s Railways: Missionary Ridge Tunnel Project Introduction Chattanooga’s historic Missionary Ridge Tunnel is witnessing a significant transformation, pivotal for the region’s transportation infrastructure. Initiated on January 23rd, this project involves replacing the decades-old jointed rail with advanced welded rail technology. This update is crucial not only for enhancing travel efficiency but also for preserving…

Office Car 21’s Transformation: A Southern Livery Showcase

Amid the ongoing work on Electrical and HVAC systems, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum seized a unique window of opportunity to embark on an exciting project: the transformation of Office Car 21. This historic car has been meticulously painted in the traditional Southern livery, a tribute to the rich heritage of our railway. Office Car…

Throwback Thursday – Unique Steam Locomotive Restoration at TVRM

Throwback Thursday: A Unique Restoration at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum In the world of steam locomotive restoration, there are tasks that are routine and then there are those that are truly exceptional. Today, for our Throwback Thursday feature, we’re diving deep into a remarkable restoration journey that isn’t undertaken every day: the complete renewal of…

4501 Rolls into Grand Junction Yard for a Spectacular Day at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

All aboard the nostalgia train! 🚂 Today marks another enchanting day at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, as the majestic 4501 enters the Grand Junction yard for its second Missionary Ridge Local of the day. This is no ordinary day, as railway aficionados and families alike are in for a treat. The beautiful steam engines,…

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…

Throwback Thursday: Reliving the ’80s with Southern Railway 630 on the Missionary Ridge Local

Today for “Throwback Thursday,” Southern Railway 630 leads a TVRM Missionary Ridge Local trip out of East Chattanooga in the mid-1980s.  Though clothing styles have changed since the 80s, you can still experience the same nostalgia of historic steam and passenger equipment with the Southern 630 from 1904 leading our Missionary Ridge Local excursions this…

Throwback Thursday: Iconic Locomotive 4501 to Ride Again with Historically Sourced Tender: Discover the Story Behind the Engine

Many visitors are familiar with the museum’s flagship locomotive 4501, and although it continues in operation at TVRM much as it did in the 1930s, the tender behind it was not always behind 4501. This ‘new’ tender was sourced to carry additional coal and water, in the Southern excursion era, after it was discovered on…

Captivating Encounter with Norfolk Southern: Southern Railway E8 No. 6914 in Historic Meet-up

For Wednesday’s Atlanta bound NS inspection train, TVRM placed Southern Railway E8 6914, Central of Georgia combine car 390, TAG 80 and Southern Railway 50 on display at the end of the interchange track at Grand Junction.  In these two shots by Mike Ray you see the passing train and the display equipment and then…

Rebirth of a Railway Icon: The Spectacular Refurbishment of the Grand Trunk Western Dining Car ‘Silver Lake’ at Soule Shops

Soule Shops Completes Major Refurbishment of Grand Trunk Western Dining Car The renowned Soule Shops has successfully completed another significant refurbishment, this time focusing on the Grand Trunk Western dining car, numbered 899 and named the “Silver Lake”. The recent photos showcase the impressive upgrades made to the car, including: A custom 3-compartment sink A…