Two locomotives debuting this weekend

Two steam locomotives are making their debut runs after overhaul this Independence Day weekend.

At 11:00am Eastern time, ex-Southern Railway 2-8-0 154 will make its inaugural run to Marbledale on the Three Rivers Rambler, the first train hauled by a Southern Railway steam locomotive since 1998.

Southern 154

Built as East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia 466 in 1890, no. 154 was still on Southern’s roster in 1952 (leased to the Smoky Mountain Railroad), and it was donated to the City of Knoxville, TN, in 1953. In 1989 the City donated no. 154 to the Old Smoky Railway Museum. OSRM transferred title to the locomotive to the Gulf and Ohio Railways in August 2008.

(No. 154 will power free excursions at 2:00pm and 3:30pm on Saturday, and TRR’s regular excursion at 2:00pm and 5:00pm on Independence Day.)

At 9:00am Pacific time, Sierra Railroad 4-6-0 no. 3 will be the star of Railtown 1897’s weekend festivities. Universally recognized from its many movie and television appearances, no. 3 was built in 1891 as Prescott & Arizona Central Railway #3 “Wm. N. Kelley”, coming to the Sierra in 1897. No. 3 has a new boiler after being out of service for over a decade.

Sierra 3

Details for the weekend can be found here:

On Saturday and Sunday, the Sierra #3 will depart at 9:30, 11:45, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30 and 5:00. The Sierra #3 will be pulling the restored first class observation car, and the open-air mountain observation car.

Congratulations to everyone who played a role in returning these two locomotives to active service.

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