Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum loans historic locomotive to Children’s Hospital

Posted 11/17/16

CHATTANOOGA — Rather than patients finding a train under their tree this holiday season, The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum will present a train to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. The Museum …

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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum loans historic locomotive to Children’s Hospital

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CHATTANOOGA — Rather than patients finding a train under their tree this holiday season, The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum will present a train to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. The Museum is proud to announce it will loan one of its treasured and historic locomotives to be displayed at the new Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

The public is welcome to attend a special “unwrapping” ceremony of the locomotive which will take place at The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Grand Junction on Saturday at 11 a.m. Children’s Hospital Miracle Children will help with the unveiling and representatives from both the Museum and Children’s Hospital will be available to answer questions about the loan and the new Children’s Hospital.

Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Central of Georgia Railroad, Engine 349 was chosen for display at the new children’s outpatient center because it was built in 1891, the same year that Erlanger was founded.

Engine 349, once a wood-fired engine and later converted to coal-burning, is an important part of Southern railroad history. The engine ran regular freight service throughout Georgia for much of its time on the Central of Georgia Railroad. Later, it ran on two short-lines, the Talbotton Railroad and the Bowdon Railway, before ending its operating years in the 1950s.

“The engine is currently non-operational but can serve the community by preserving the history of Chattanooga in a new location,” said Tim Andrews, president of TVRM. “The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is pleased to provide this loan in hopes it will brighten the day of thousands of children and their families who visit Children’s Hospital.”

“The new Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is designed to engage a child’s imagination and to improve and enhance the experience for the children visiting the hospital,” said Bruce Komiske, VP, new hospital design and construction. “We are thrilled the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is playing an important role in the healing process by opening the imagination of both children and adults to the history of trains in Chattanooga.”

For more information about the new Children’s Hospital Believe Campaign, visit www.webelieve.build.

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is an educational, nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve railroad history for future generations. The museum is the Southeast’s largest operating historical railroad and is celebrating more than 53 years in business. Visit www.tvrail.com for more information and train ride reservations.

As the only medical center in the Chattanooga and tri-state region devoted solely to children, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger provides the best in children’s healthcare by viewing the world from a unique perspective of children and understanding what they need. Children’s Hospital is a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, the highest designation in the state for pediatrics. The hospital offers a full range of pediatric subspecialists which include cardiologists, oncologists, urologists, neurologists, and orthopedics as well as a pediatric ER, ICU, and Level III neonatal intensive care unit, providing the highest level of care in the region for premature and sick infants. Visit www.erlanger.org/childrens.

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