Number 4501 was the first of 177 Mikados on the Southern Railway when she arrived from Baldwin in 1911. She is now the sole survivor in her class. After working for the S.R., the rugged 2-8-2 put more years on the Kentucky & Tennessee Railroad--until she was purchased in early 1964 by Chattanooga's fledgling Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.
When the Southern Railway's legendary steam excursion program notched out its throttle two years later, bright green No. 4501 headed up some of its first trains. Early S.R. steam trains were the ultimate in simplicity--with No. 4501 pulling a dozen open window coaches. No. 4501 has outlasted most of the other locomotives used in the Southern's, and later, Norfolk Southern's 28 year steam excursion program. While her peers are now cold and back in museums, No. 4501 continues to proudly highball out of Chattanooga.
Join us for vintage action of No. 4501 pulling excursion trains through the heart of the south, as well as from Pittsburgh to Washington to Richmond over two decades ago!
We'll also follow a 1973 excursion of 4501 out of Chicago on the Rock island to southern Illinois. Our video then fast forwards to the present. No. 4501 is back on the track again, thundering over the former Central of Georgia main line.
Total Time Approx. 88 minutes Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Motion Menus & Chapter Search
Note: Master Footage has been Enhanced & Upconverted to HD with Digital hardware.
This DVD is formatted for both Wide-screen and 4x3 TVs --
The Original Format of this program is 4x3 Standard Definition!