Railroad museums in Nashville or Memphis

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I will be traveling to Tennessee and would like information on any depot or railroad museum in Nashville or Memphis. That would include static displays. If there isn't anything, I might go to Dollywood.Thanks.

-- Dick Kearns (rhenryk3@att.net), November 11, 2000


In Collierville (near Memphis), there is a locomotive with tender, a caboose, and a couple dining cars in the Town Square.

-- Grouchaux (grouchaux@hotmail.com), April 12, 2002.

Send photos,Doug.

-- J Oates (jlosal@mindspring.com), November 13, 2000.

If you're in the Nashville area don't bypass the Tennessee Central Railroad Museum located at the former TC yards. They have an excursion schedule of trains that run over what is now the Nashville & Eastern, which for the most part (from what I could tell) operates to a large degree with former CSX GE power. The museum hosts a yard full of restored passenger equipment, used for their excursions, including former Amtrak domes, lounges, and at least one slumber coach (all, of course, from various class-ones that joined Amtrak in 1971.) When I was there, they had also acquired the live steamer from the dismantled Opry Land theme park. My biggest thrill was the priviledge of operating an eastbound deadhead equipment move at the throttle of four E8s to Cookville prior to a weekend of excursions--two in NYC "lightning stripes", and two in the maroon dinner train paint. The line which paralles I-40 affords several nice photo locations and a nearly 3% grade that put those long-legged ladies to the test pulling 13 passenger cars (and two loads of cement.) Imagine, a mixed train hauled by a quartet of EMD E8s. They also have a few more former BN E9s as well as a number of other nicely restored locomotives and pieces of rolling stock.

-- Doug Riddell (railroaddoug@erols.com), November 12, 2000.

The Tennessee Central Railway Museum's web site was recently changed to: http://home.hiwaay.net/~bgaddes/tcrm

-- Allen Tuten (ahtuten@aol.com), November 12, 2000.

Check out the following: Cowan RR Museum, Cowan, TN, on NC&StL(CSX) mainline between Nashville & Chattanooga has a NC&StL caboose outside. In Jackson, TN, there's the Casey Jones Museum and the NC&StL Depot RR Museum, both open year around. Nashville has Tennessee Central RR Museum(www.hsv.tis.net/-bgaddes/tcrm/tcrm.htm) open on Saturdays. And Etowah, TN, the L&N station is a very interesting museum with a L&N caboose outside. And, if you want to photograph CSX/NS, I would suggest Cowan, which has assigned pusher engines running back & forth helping trains up to the tunnel and the area around Stevenson and Bridgeport, Ala.

-- Tom Underwood (tlunder@attglobal.net), November 12, 2000.

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