On Thursday 9-4-2014 an event that many thought would never happen, happened. A fire was lit and a new life was given to former Southern Railways 4501. This engine was retired by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in 1998 due to major mechanical issues and many thought it would never operate again, unit now. After a three year rebuild, the 4501 was removed from the TVRM shops last Thursday and a fire was lit. The next day would be spent doing test runs and was then brought back into passenger service for the 2014 TVRM Railfest this past weekend. The 4501 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1911 and was the first of the Mikados of this type built for the Southern. It was later sold to the Kentucky And Tennessee Railroad in Sterns Kentucky. In 1961 the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum was founded by locals in Chattanooga TN that wanted to preserve railroading history. Three years later one of the founding members buy the 4501 from the K&T at scrap value. The engine would become the "mascot" for TVRM for many years. Now the engine known as "Queen Of Southern Steam" will ride the rails again and brings smiles to the faces to everyone that sees her.
Bringing Back History.....
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Some interesting info on the pictures I post. Maybe even post a few rants also...