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Locomotive 4501 Inaugurates 1966 Southern Steam Program (editor's title)

Seam locomotive 4501 begins excursion service at Chatannooga, Tennessee
Locomotive 4501 waits for departure time at Terminal Station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on a nine-day, 1450 mile trip to to Louisville and Richmond, Virginia, in 1966. The locomotive, built for the Southern in 1911, had been sold to the Kentucky & Tennessee, a Stearns, Kentucky, short line, in 1948 and renumbered 12. When was retired by the K&T in 1963, Paul H. Merriman bought it for the 4501 Corporation with $5,000 of his own money. He restored it with help from volunteers at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum so it could be used for excursions on the Southern Railway. The station in the background has been the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel since 1973. Now, Southern successor Norfolk Southern has inaugurated its 21st steam program in 2011 in the same city with locomotive 630 and has arranged with TVRM to repair and return 4501 to mainline excursion service. John Gruber photographed both the 1966 and 2011 events.
Alternate Title Locomotives 4501 and 630: 1
Source John Gruber Collection
Coverage Spatial, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Temporal, August 18, 1966
Rights John Gruber
Date Created 1966-08-18
Resource Type
Extent 8 in. by 10 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Chattanooga, Tennessee
Equipment, Locomotive No. 4501, Mikado
Builder, locomotive Baldwin Locomotive Works, October 1911
Creator Description John Gruber is a founder of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art and editor of its journal, Railroad Heritage. He has been a free-lance railroad photographer since 1960. He received awards from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in 1994 for lifetime achievement in photography and in 2010 for an article. He is author of Classic Steam: Timeless Photographs of North America Steam Railroading (2009) and co-author of four books. He photographed both the 1966 and 2011 events.
Collection John Gruber Collection
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