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Southern 4501

Southern 4501, a symbol of engineering prowess and a testament to the golden age of steam, holds a special place in the annals of railway history and the heart of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM). This Mikado-type steam locomotive, built in 1911, stands as a majestic embodiment of power, beauty, and a bygone era, pulling passengers and enthusiasts into a nostalgic journey through time.

Our “Southern 4501” tag chronicles the adventures, restorations, and tales of this iconic locomotive. From its inception to its enduring legacy, follow the tracks of Southern 4501 as it steams ahead, carrying with it stories of the past, memories of rail enthusiasts, and the indomitable spirit of railway preservation.

Last Weekend of Halloween Eerie Express: Book Now!

All Aboard the Halloween Eerie Express: October’s Finale on Rails! October has always been synonymous with pumpkin patches, chilly breezes, and the onset of festivities. But, for train enthusiasts and families alike, it means one thing – the much-anticipated Halloween Eerie Express! As the final weekend of October arrives, so do the last days of…

Capture the Past: Exclusive Evening Photo Shoot with Vintage Locomotives on Founders Day at TVRM

As part of our September 9 Founders Day activities we are offering a special evening photo shoot with a number of our vintage equipment items. Photoshoot details: Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutesBring your best photography equipment and join us for an exclusive night photo session at our East Chattanooga location! Participants will have the…

Historic Locomotive 4501 Returns: Join the Celebration at TVRM’s Railfest!

Breaking News! The moment railroad enthusiasts and history buffs have been waiting for is almost here. The legendary locomotive 4501 will make its public debut at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s (TVRM) Railfest on September 6 & 7, and it promises to be an unforgettable experience. 4501 will be under steam, operating at TVRM during…

Reviving 4501: Locomotive Tender Restoration Update

Southern 4501: Locomotive Tender Restoration Update The restoration journey of Locomotive 4501, a gem in the crown of railroad history, has reached a significant milestone – its tender is nearing completion. This update signifies a leap forward in bringing this iconic steam locomotive back to its former glory, preserving a vital part of our historical…

Southern 4501: Steam Power’s Resilient Icon

The Renaissance of Southern Railway 4501: A Journey Through Time The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) has always been a place where history comes alive, and the recent installation of a new roller bearing trailing truck underneath the firebox of the Southern Railway 4501 steam engine is a perfect example of this commitment to preserving…

Reviving a Legend: The Restoration of Locomotive 4501

Reviving a Legend: The Restoration of Locomotive 4501 In the heart of a locomotive workshop, a piece of railroad history is coming back to life. Here, we find one of Locomotive 4501’s massive driving wheels, a titan of steel and engineering, cradled gently as it awaits reunion with its axle. On the workshop floor lies…