No. 4501 to debut Sept. 6-7 at Railfest in Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Newly restored Southern Railway 2-8-2 No. 4501 will make its grand return to steam Sept. 6-7 at the Tennessee Valley Railfest in Chattanooga. The public debut of the locomotive will feature a dedication at at Railfest.

Railfest is an annual celebration of railroading at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. It includes train rides, special exhibits, model railroads, children's activities, live entertainment, and more.

"This is a dream come true," says museum spokesman Steve Freer. "It is a great day for TVRM and we are thrilled to make this example of living history available to the public."

No. 4501 was Southern Railway’s first 2-8-2-type locomotive, entering revenue service in 1911. It served 37 years on the Southern before being sold in 1948 to the Kentucky & Tennessee Railway of Stearns, Ky., before entering excursion service in 1964.

Tickets for Railfest are only $20 for adults and $15 for children each day. For more information or to order tickets, go to

To read more about No. 4501, see the May 2014 issue of Trains Magazine.

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