Tennessee museum celebrates Railfest this weekend

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A special train of Norfolk Southern equipment heads to Chattanooga to participate in Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's Railfest this weekend. 
Samuel Phillips
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's Southern Railway No. 4501 will be in action on the Norfolk Southern mainline this weekend.
Steve Freer
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum will hold its annual Railfest this weekend, Sept. 12 and 13. The museum calls the event "a special celebration of railroading."

The main attraction will be four Norfolk Southern mainline excursion trips from Chattanooga to Cleveland, Tenn., as part of the railroad's 21st Century Steam Program. Two trips will operate on Saturday and Sunday, with departure times from the Grand Junction station at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on both days. Coach tickets are still available for these trips, which will be pulled by the museum's well-known Southern Railway No. 4501.

The event will also include the opportunity to ride the Missionary Ridge Local train, enjoy special exhibits and displays, and enjoy a variety of non-rail activities, including magic shows, live music, coloring pages, play tables, petting zoo, blacksmith demonstrations, and more.

Norfolk Southern will be on hand with special locomotive displays, including SD60E No. 911, which sports a paint scheme honoring our nation's first responders (police, fire, EMTs), and SD60E No. 6920, with a paint scheme honoring all veterans who have served our country in military service. NS will also have its special exhibit car on display, which tells the story of modern railroading, and includes a popular locomotive simulator.

Trains will also be at Railfest, offering the opportunity to register for a free subscription to Trains, along with free copies of the October 2015 issue. Trains Technology Correspondent David Lester will also be there to meet and talk with Railfest attendees.

More information is available from the museum's website.
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