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History steams through Johnson City

Ron Campbell • Jul 13, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The restored ex ET&WNC 207, now Southern 630, steamed through Johnson City on Friday.

The last time the 630 was in Johnson City was in August 1971 and she was just passing through. A steam train had not been to Johnson City in nearly 20 years.

The Southern Railway 630 is a 2-8-0 steam locomotive built in 1904 by the American Locomotive Company for the Southern Railway.

The 630 was used on Southern in regular freight service until her retirement in 1952. The 630 and sister locomotive, 722, were then purchased by the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad and numbered 207 and 208.

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 1999, the 630 was donated to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum by Norfolk Southern Railroad and underwent a complete restoration. The 630 returned to regular service on TVRM in March 2011.

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