My train ride on the Southern Railways 630. This is my third trip from Attalla, Alabama to Chattanooga, Tennessee on the 630. It’s aways a lot of fun.
Southern Railway 630 is a steam locomotive built in 1904 by the American Locomotive Company (Richmond Works) for Southern Railway. It is a 2-8-0Consolidation of Southern’s Ks-1 class.
630 was used on Southern in regular freight service until it was retired in 1952. December of that year, 630 and 722 were purchased by the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad and numbered 207 and 208 respectively. In December 1967, both locomotives were traded back to the Southern for use in their steam excursion program and restored to their former identities in return for a pair of former Central of Georgia Alco RS3s. The steam locomotives headed main lineexcursion trains over the entire Southern system until 1983 when both were retired again from the Southern in favor of larger power. They both were leased to theTennessee Valley Railroad Museum. 722 was later loaned by Southern’s successor Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) to the Asheville Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society of Asheville, North Carolina. TVRM ran 630 until 1989 when it was yet again retired. 630 was donated to TVRM in 1999 by NS. Shortly thereafter, 630 entered TVRM’s restoration shop (now Soule Shops) and underwent an extensive ten-year restoration, complete with frame work and a running gear overhaul. 630 returned to regular service on TVRM in March 2011 and is participating in the 21st Century Steam program instituted by Norfolk Southern. The locomotive has toured several states within the railroad’s reach in 2012 and 2013 for this program, including Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia.