"A Murphy Branch Freight"

Southern Railway No. 630 is a Ks-1 2-8-0 Consolidation built-in 1904 by the American Locomotive Company. Originally serving the Southern on the Murphy and Lake Toxaway Branches in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The locomotive remains as the last steam locomotive to operate on the Lake Toxaway Branch in June 1952. After the Southern Railway dieselized, the locomotive was deemed surplus and sold to the East Tennessee  & Western North Carolina Railway, where it operated as No. 207. The 630 and sister locomotive No. 722 were both sent back to the Southern in 1968, to be used as public relations tools for the Southern Railway's flourishing steam excursion program.  The locomotive was removed from service in 1989 after pulling excursions for twenty years. After returning to service in 2011, No. 630 became the poster child for the Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Program. After the cancelation of the steam program in 2015, the 630 continues to operate on select dates throughout each operating season at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Southern Railway No. 630 is one of five currently operable Southern steam locomotives. This will be the first solo photo charter for the Southern No. 630 at TVRM, and it will operate in a historically accurate Asheville division paint scheme, as shown in the first four photographs. 


April 26, 2020: Mini-Day Session:

Enjoy the opportunity to photograph Southern Railway No. 630 with organized photo lines on the Missionary Ridge Local passenger train. Patrons will need to drive or carpool during this portion of the charter.

Night Photo Session - $50: 

Later that evening, a night photography session will depart from the East Chattanooga Depot. This photo session will feature various locations on the railroad. Flash lighting will be used to give the photographs an authentic appearance. Tripods are highly recommended, this session is limited to 30 persons.

April 27, 2020: Freight Photo Charter- $250:

Southern Railway No. 630 will lead our freight consist with the intention to recreate scenes from the Southern Railway's Murphy / Lake Toxaway Branches. This session will feature period actors and automobiles, which will be placed in prime locations throughout the day to add authenticity to the photographs. Don't be surprised if the engine sounds differently and if there are new consist additions...

Southern Railway No. 630:

Dates: April 26-27, 2020

Seats Remaining DAY: 25/50

Seats Remaining NIGHT: 24/30





Day Session: $250

Night Session: $50



Southern Rail Productions reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, dates, and motive power and/or rolling stock if circumstances require. Southern Rail Productions is not responsible for railroad or equipment failure, delays, or cancellations. Times are subject to change due to loss of time or tardiness.


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