Southern 630 charges northward with an excursion from Chattanooga to Oneida, TN. This trip was run to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Southern 4501’s journey on the same route as it was being transferred from the Kentucky & Tennessee Railway in Stearns, KY to TVRM in Chattanooga – an event which helped lay the foundation for the Southern Railway and NS steam programs which followed. On top of that, this route also hosted the final run of regular in-service Southern steam in June of 1953.
Mainline steam trips were absent from the Southeast US from 1994 until 2011, when Norfolk Southern began allowing limited steam excursion operations. Here are trips and events I've covered associated with the '21st Century Steam' program.