Want to experience the thrill of riding behind a steam locomotive?
Here's your chance, as the 21st Century Steam program of Norfolk Southern and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum will operate a one-way trip from Knoxville to Chattanooga, with return by charter bus, on Monday, Nov. 14.
The train will be pulled by former-Southern Railway steam locomotive 630, which is a Consolidation-type locomotive built in 1904 at the Richmond, Va., works of American Locomotive Company. Number 630 pulled freight trains during the first half of the last century, and in modern times has traveled extensively in excursion service throughout the Southeast. Small of size but big in character, this locomotive recently underwent an extensive ten-year rehabilitation at TVRM's Soule Shops complex in Chattanooga.
Ticket information and other details for the Nov. 14 excursion train are available through TVRM's website at www.tvrail.com or by calling 423-894-8028. The train will depart 9:30 a.m. from the historic former-Southern Railway passenger station at West Depot Avenue and Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Ticket cost is $65, which includes the train ride, bus return to Knoxville, and a box lunch. More information about the 21st Century Steam program is available at www.21stcenturysteam.com.
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum was founded in 1961 in Chattanooga to create an interpretive operating museum of historic equipment and artifacts in an authentic setting. Today it operates an extensive schedule of historic and scenic trains in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, supported by its East Chattanooga locomotive and car shop complex. TVRM is the largest operating historical excursion railroad in the Southeast.
Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.
21st Century Steam is a collaborative effort between Norfolk Southern and TVRM to operate steam-powered excursions throughout the territory Norfolk Southern serves.