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Author Topic: A Grand Day Out - with Steam!  (Read 965 times)
Captain Lyerly
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« on: November 03, 2013, 05:09:41 am »

Today we rode my great-great-grandfather's line as far as Summerville.  The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum hosted a Steam excursion down the line to Georgia; we were behind the Southern Railway 630, a steam locomotive built in 1904 by the American Locomotive Company (Richmond Works) for Southern Railway. It is a 2-8-0 Consolidation of Southern's Ks-1 class.  Summerville still has a working roundabout, so they turned her there and put her back out front for the return trip.

It was incredibly good weather for it; the fall colors were perfect, it was long enough but not too long; we had a wonderful lunch on the train, and there was even a vintage car show with some Steampunk influenced rat-rods there at the station.

All in all, a Grand Day Out.  There are more excursions - one from Knoxville to Asheville, one to Alabama, some others - coming up soon.  Looking forward to more time on the rails.



Cheers!


Chas.
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2013, 07:29:07 am »

Today we rode my great-great-grandfather's line as far as Summerville.  The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum hosted a Steam excursion down the line to Georgia; we were behind the Southern Railway 630, a steam locomotive built in 1904 by the American Locomotive Company (Richmond Works) for Southern Railway. It is a 2-8-0 Consolidation of Southern's Ks-1 class.  Summerville still has a working roundabout, so they turned her there and put her back out front for the return trip.

It was incredibly good weather for it; the fall colors were perfect, it was long enough but not too long; we had a wonderful lunch on the train, and there was even a vintage car show with some Steampunk influenced rat-rods there at the station.

All in all, a Grand Day Out.  There are more excursions - one from Knoxville to Asheville, one to Alabama, some others - coming up soon.  Looking forward to more time on the rails.



Cheers!


Chas.

Esteemed Captain Lyerly: Daguerreotypes!  Photographs! Moving picture cameras! Don't forget your optical recording devices when you have an adventure of such magnitude!
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 01:56:43 am »

Indeed - I was not in charge of the optickal equipage on this excursion; as soon as they are processed, I will certainly share!

It was a wonderful thing to hang out the open window in the club car and see the engine ahead, charging down the track like a living beast. 

We got there early, while the diesel donkey engine was moving cars around; then she came rolling up from the yards, and sounded her horn - I thought La Contessa was going to melt right there in my arms!  She popped up this big wide smile and I think she didn't stop smiling until well after we returned.


Cheers!

Chas.

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