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at City Street Yard, the train consist was switched, in preparation for Sun- day’s steam excursion to Alcoa and re- turn on Norfolk Southern’s K&A line. Sunday’s excursion featured K&HR’s restored Southern 2-8-0 No. 154 on the southward trip to Alcoa from Knoxville. Operating on rare mileage, the trim Consolidation led five NS coaches over the Tennessee River shortly after 9:00 a.m. for the start of the 15 mile trip to Alcoa. Shortly after departing Knoxville, G&O added a diesel switch- ing locomotive to the rear of the consist due to the numerous grades on the line. Upon arrival at Alcoa, Southern 154


was cut off (along with the diesel loco- motive) and TVRM’s Southern 630 was placed on the north end of the consist for the trip back north to Knoxville. No diesel locomotives were added for the


downhill trip back to Knoxville, allow- ing passengers and lineside enthusi- asts to enjoy this rare all-steam run over NS trackage. Despite overcast skies, several dozen photographers gathered for Sunday’s events. Southern 630 and five coaches re-


turned to Knoxville’s City Yard shortly after 2:00 p.m. Passengers deboarded the train and Southern 630 was spotted near the F units for a coincidental pho- to opportunity. Later in the afternoon, Southern 154, K&HR 2250, and a Nor- folk Southern EMD four-axle locomo- tive returned north from Alcoa as a dedicated move operating as NS 951. Southern 154 and K&HR 2250 were re- turned to Gulf & Ohio rails by Sunday evening. By dusk on Sunday night, the NS F units and 11 business cars departed


Knoxville’s City Street Yard for a night deadhead move over the Bristol Line and Pulaski District to Roanoke. Ulti- mately, the train returned to Altoona, Penn., by Monday evening. Meanwhile, Southern 630 and three coaches were wyed in downtown Knoxville late Sun- day night in preparations for Monday’s departure south to Chattanooga, an ex- cursion that was open to the public. While operating over NS’s West End District of the Central Division from Knoxville to Chattanooga on Monday, Southern 630 encountered numerous hot bearing issues that resulted in its removal from the consist near Athens, Tenn. Diesel power from a nearby local train provided power to the coaches for the remainder of the trip to Chat- tanooga late Monday evening. For those who remember the glory


years of the NS steam program (1960s through the 1990s), this was a small re- minder of what it was like back then. Who knows — maybe this is the start of something big once again. Special thanks goes to all participat-


ing photographers who assisted with this piece in addition to those who con- tributed information.


LEFT: Southern Railway G-class Consolidation 154 steams softly in Knoxville just before pulling half of the Lexington Group attendees on a round trip to Marbledale. The engine was constructed by Schenectady in 1890 as East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia 466. It was placed in Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park in 1953, but through the vision and commitment of Pete Claussen, the veteran 2-8-0 was restored to service in 2010. RON FLANARY BELOW: Crossing over the Tennessee River into down- town Knoxville, Southern 630 returns north from Alcoa as part of a special run hosted by Norfolk Southern for the 2011 Lexington Group conference. CHASE GUNNOE


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