Sep 272016
Southern Railway 4501 Documentary

Every locomotive has a story to tell, whether it’s the passengers it helped carry, the parts of the country its seen or its place in the history of rail travel in North America. Southern Railway’s No. 4501 is no different.

And Then There Was One” is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of Southern Railway #4501 and the men and women who have cared for her. This documentary was produced by a small group of volunteers who had an interest in telling this story to the public. It has been made available completely free on YouTube for anyone to view. This project was accomplished with absolutely zero outside funding.

The 2-8-2 steam locomotive has had a long history, beginning with its creation in 1911. After serving Southern Railways around the Southeastern United States, it was purchased by the Kentucky and Tennessee Railway and renamed No. 12. In 1963 it was retired before being purchased and undergoing a series of restorations over the years as it served as an excursion train.

She is now a part of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

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