On the 7th of April, I took on a bit of an expedition chasing a steam train from Chattanooga, TN down to Summerville, GA. The objective was to capture images of the train at various vantage points in its journey south. What we got was not only a number of really fantastic images, which I will be making available through this website over in the next few days, but we had a great day and a number of terrific experiences during the course of the trip.
The day started off cold and misty at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. We met some folks from the group we were traveling with and waited for the steam engine to come into the yard and hook up to the passenger cars. Well before we could see her, the sound of that engine and her whistle told us the wait would not be long. And then she came around a bend leading to the depot ... a beautiful machine with all the sights and sounds one expects from a big steam engine. Engine No. 4501 was built in 1911 by Baldwin Locomotive Works and served the Southern Railway hauling freight until being retired from service in 1948. In October 1948, she was bought by the Kentucky and Tennessee Railway (K&T) and was in service until 1964. When she was retried from service by K&T, she was purchased and refurbished to use for tourist excursions.
I include here a first image from the day. This picture was taken in the train yard at the beginning of the day.