Southern Railway Engine #6910

In 1960, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum was founded by Paul H. Merriman and Robert M. Soule along with a group of local railway preservationists who were concerned with saving steam locomotives and railway equipment for future historical display and use. In 1964, Mr. Merriman and Mr. Soule found out that the Kentucky & Tennessee Railroad was converting to diesel. With this in mind, they raised $5,000.00 and purchased K&T Nos. 10 & 12. The latter of the two engines originally belonged to the Southern Railway as 4501. Engine No. 10 was renumbered 6910. It ran for a short while after restoration. In October 1965, the engine made a fan trip to Cleveland, Tennessee from Chattanooga. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this engine back in 1978 & 1981. Currently, the engine is in storage at the TVRM.

The silent video of this historic trip is courtesy of HawkinsRails.net via YouTube.


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Southern Railway Steam Feature for December 2019

Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this December post include various locations in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia:

All images courtesy of Mr. Ron Flanary at RailPictures.Net.


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Southern Railway Steam Feature for April 2019

Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this April post include locations in North Carolina and Tennessee:

  • SR #4056 up Saluda Grade, NC
  • SR #5045 & 5023 at Melrose, NC (foot of Saluda Grade)
  • SR #5045 & 5023 on Saluda Grade
  • SR #5047 pushing #5045 & 5023 up Saluda
  • SR #6493 at Lenoir City, TN

All images courtesy of the Frank Ardrey Collection.


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Southern Railway Steam Feature for December 2018

Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this December post include various locations in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina:

  • SR #1244 – Savannah, GA – 1938
  • SR #1459 – Asheville, NC – 1946
  • SR #1481 – Asheville, NC – 9/4/37
  • SR #5024 – Asheville, NC – 9/49
  • SR #5208 – Asheville, NC – 9/38
  • SR #6473 – Wilmore, KY – 5/42

All photos courtesy of RailPictures.Net and SOUTHERN Railfan.


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Southern Railway Steam Feature for June 2018

Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this June post include various locations in Illinois, South Carolina, and Georgia:

  • SR #1202 – Centralia, IL – 9/5/47
  • SR #1205 – E. St. Louis, IL – 7/38
  • SR #1315 – E. St. Louis, IL – 9/49
  • SR #1347 – Inman, SC – 4/4/48
  • SR #1451 – Date & location unknown
  • SR #1453 – Date & location unknown
  • SR #1481 – Date & location unknown
  • SR #1483 – Atlanta, GA – 5/12/40

All photos courtesy of www.rr-fallenflags.org.


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Southern Railway Steam Feature for March 2018

Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this March post include various locations in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina:

  • SR #1398 – Location and date unknown
  • SR #1408 – Atlanta, GA – Date unknown
  • SR #4526 – Melrose, NC at Saluda Grade – 9/37
  • SR #4873 – Atlanta, GA – 10/26/48
  • SR #4886 – Charlotte, NC – 4/27/40
  • SR #6695 – Columbia, SC – 5/11/41
  • SR #1384 – Spencer, NC – 9/28/47
  • SR #1406 – Reidsville, NC – 6/30/50

All photos courtesy of American-Rails.com and Railroad Picture Archives.


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Southern Railway Steam Feature for January 2017

southern-railway-logoFeatured Southern Railway steam subjects for this January post include various locations in Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, and South Carolina:

  • Southern Railway #1230 – Atlanta, GA – 5/48
  • Southern Railway #1405 – Atlanta, GA – 5/40
  • Southern Railway #1202 – Centralia, IL – 9/5/47
  • Southern Railway #1205 – East St. Louis, MO – 7/38
  • Southern Railway #1261 – East St. Louis, MO – 8/31/46
  • Southern Railway #1315 – East St. Louis, MO – 9/49
  • Southern Railway #1334 – East St. Louis, MO – 7/12/50
  • Southern Railway #1347 – Inman, SC – 4/4/48

All photos courtesy of www.rr-fallenflags.org and www.railarchive.net.


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