Planes, Trains, and …. Southern steam locomotives

September 9, 2017 – Planes, Trains, and …. Southern steam locomotives 630 and 4501 sit at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, TN as they prepare for the first run of the day at their 2017 Railfest, as a plane takes off over them to parts unknown, as early railfans work to get their “perfect shots” of the newly arrived locomotives.

630 exiting Missionary Ridge Tunnel, East Chattanooga, TN

September 9, 2017 – Southern Railway steam locomotive 630 bursts from the east end of Missionary Ridge Tunnel with a loaded passenger train during the 2017 Railfest at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, as it heads for the station at East Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Completed in 1858 the tunnel is the primary reason TVRM runs on the three-mile section of the former Southern Railway. As railroad equipment grew too large to pass through and the single-track tunnel became a traffic jam for an otherwise double-track railroad, Southern Railway abandoned the three mile portion of the line and built a new section around the end of Missionary Ridge, avoiding the tunnel altogether.

The museum restored rails through the tunnel in 1971 and continues to use the pre-Civil War Tunnel on a daily basis.

Southern Railway steam 4501 westbound to Chattanooga, TN

September 9, 2017 – In the quietness of the early morning the sound of the approaching steam locomotive is heard before it can be seen. Anticipation builds as Southern Railways 4501 pulls into view with a loaded passenger train west, around a sweeping curve, on the return trip to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum at Chattanooga, TN during 2017 Railfest.

2017 Railfest Operations at Chattanooga, TN

2017 Railfest, Chattanooga, TN – I’m often torn when I decide to shoot video trackside, because I invariably hate “missing” a good photograph, but Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s Railfest lended itself so well to video that I made an effort to get some footage using my iPhone 7 Plus. The below, slightly over 13 minute, video is a bit longer than I normally do, but I think it flows pretty good and I hope you enjoy getting a glimpse into the event.

It’s a selection of videos from the 2017 Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Railfest Operations, Chattanooga, Tennessee of Steam and Diesel operations around the museum and between Chattanooga and East Chattanooga.

Southern Railway steam locomotive 630 at Missionary Ridge Tunnel , Chattanooga, TN

September 9, 2017 – Southern Railway steam locomotive 630 heads into the west end of Missionary Ridge Tunnel with a loaded passenger train during the 2017 Railfest at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, as it heads for the station at East Chattanooga, Tennessee. By the way, I love long lenses!!!

Completed in 1858 the tunnel is the primary reason TVRM runs on the three-mile section of the former Southern Railway. As railroad equipment grew too large to pass through and the single-track tunnel became a traffic jam for an otherwise double-track railroad, Southern Railway abandoned the three mile portion of the line and built a new section around the end of Missionary Ridge, avoiding the tunnel altogether.

The museum restored rails through the tunnel in 1971 and continues to use the pre-Civil War Tunnel on a daily basis.

Southern diesels 2594, 3170 at the Chickamauga Creek bridge, Chattanooga, TN

September 9, 2017 – Southern diesels 2594, 3170 and 5000 (not pictured) move east across the Chickamauga Creek bridge at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, as they are positioned in place for a night photoshoot during the museum’s 2017 Railfest in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This was the first night rail photoshoot that I have participated in, other than my own that is, and really had a fun time! Casey Thomason, with the NS Railroad did a wonderful time lighting the event for us and a big shout out to the museum for putting it on! Hope to see more events like it in the future!

This shot actually was a 30 second long exposure. The two engines sat on the bridge just long enough into the exposure before they started to move forward, giving me just a tad of motion blur. Wasn’t planned on my part at all, but I’m very happy with the results! Sometimes life just works that way!

Southern 630 & 4501 at bridge during Railfest, Chattanooga, TN

September 9, 2017 – Southern 630 and 4501 pull and empty passenger train over the bridge just outside the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum at Chattanooga, Tennessee during the first morning of the museum’s 2017 Railfest.