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momagna

Member
After attending the Florida Cracker Trail ride and wagon train and driving to Tennessee I luckily made the very first day of running the locomotive at TVRM Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, TN.

As a volunteer on the Niles Canyon Railway I was able to hand out NCRY business cards to the employees of the TVRM .....

I paid for my ticket and boarded the train car. Later, I learned you can pay a small fee to ride in the cab... Well, of COURSE I want to do that!

All pictures taken with a Nikon D3300 hope you enjoy them.

https://www.tvrail.com/ Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

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momagna

Member
Hopped on to the car and the ride begins. There are just four people who purchased tickets for today's ride (the only running).

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momagna

Member
I was told the lower bridge flooded out and this bridge is used now.

These were taken March 1, 2018 ut was raining a lot lately and shows in the stream movement.

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momagna

Member
As we head to the stop we end up traveling 3 miles one way. We return on the same track back to the original station.

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momagna

Member
Conductor and Brakeman of the TVRM. When I handed the Niles Canyon business card to each one the first guy said "Niles!!!! You have the Southern Pacific 9010!! I follow her everyday!" Then the Conductor said OH! You have the SP 9010 we all follow her progress! So I told them I work on the SP 9010 Krauss-Maffei all of the time. Check out the mighty SP 9010!!! Of course donations keep us working to the goal of having her pull a consist the only Diesel Hydraulic left.

http://sp9010.ncry.org/

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momagna

Member
So after 3 miles we exited the cars in time to walk up to the turntable to watch the locomotive turn around....

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momagna

Member
We were cautioned to not touch or lean anywhere near the ropes set out because the pilot will hit us!

As we waited and then waited the (sad) announcement was made that "Not today" The turntable did not work...Bummer!

Instead we turned back and went over towards the car barn to see what is around the yard.

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momagna

Member
Never having the chance to visit this museum previously I was willing to walk slow as I could to take pictures and look at the equipment. Most everyone else was way ahead of me.

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momagna

Member
As the tour guide yelled at me to catch up I hurried over to the open barn. Most are paid employees here with 109 total employees, they tried volunteers but not enough people volunteered to get all the work done each week.

SO here is what I saw when I turned the corner!

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momagna

Member
Did you notice I still have not talked about the cab or riding in it yet? Was this ride worth my money? Oh YES indeed!

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momagna

Member
Cab Ride!

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As we headed out of the yard (Note fence and yard!) this IDIOT actually drove directly in front of us (here he is past the front of the locomotive) . Engineer was already laying on the horn and whistle and the truck kept driving over to the rails we missed him he is CLUELESS! Guess he thinks we will stop???!!!!


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momagna

Member
TVRM

Nice ride wish it was longer of course (I always do!)

Thanks for the cab ride.

Yes, I handed the engineer a business card too!

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momagna

Member
Let me know if you want to see more pictures, I travel a lot and volunteer for the railway where I take hundreds of pictures of everything I see.
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
Thanks for the report. The foamers in the audience will recognize many well-known steam engines in that engine house.

Now that we can post huge photos, I'm sure members would like to see your photos of the restoration of SP 9010.
 

Bob

Forum Host
Staff member
Thanks for posting, glad we got the photo upload thing sorted out. We’d definitely like to see more photos, looking forward to seeing what else you have.
 


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