A 'sign' of the times in railroad preservation

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A restored former Tennessee Central Railway neon sign is now on display at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville.
Ralcon Wagner
NASHVILLE — After being in storage in a private collection for more than 40 years, a neon sign dating from the early 1950s has been restored and placed on display in front of the Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville.

In April, the Tennessee Central Railway neon sign was won at an online auction by the museum. It originally stood in front of the former railroad freight office near downtown Nashville. The sign was removed from this location in 1973 when the structure was demolished and the site cleared for development. After purchasing the sign, the museum had it and the neon tubing restored to its original operating condition with intentions on illuminating it on special occasions.

The sign is one of the few examples of a surviving railroad neon display known to survive in Tennessee. The Tennessee Central Railway ceased operation in 1968. Its trackage was divided between the Louisville & Nashville, Southern, and Illinois Central Railroads.

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