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End of Locomotive 4501's Inaugural Trip at Richmond (editor's title)

The nine-day inaugural trip ended at Richmond, Virginia. Crowds had been friendly, and locomotive 4501 was on its way to a long and continuing career on the Southern Railway. Its successor, Norfolk Southern, continued the program until 1994. In 2011, NS in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has revived the program with a limited schedule of steam locomotive appearances and passenger excursions. “21st Century Steam” highlights milestones in rail history and provides an opportunity for audiences to learn about today’s safe and service-oriented freight railroads. The program features three historic coal-powered steam locomotives: Southern Railway 630 (1904), the first to operate in the program; Southern Railway 4501 (1911); ; and Tennessee Valley Railroad 610 (1952).
Alternate Title Locomotives 4501 and 630: 17
Source John Gruber
Coverage Spatial, Richmond, Virginia; Temporal, August 26, 1966
Rights John Gruber
Date Created 1966-08-26
Resource Type
Extent 8 in. by 10 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Richmond, Virginia
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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