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Celebrating The Great Locomotive Chase
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L to R:Joseph Parrott, Eldon Brown and Wilbur Kurtz at the Civil War Centennial Celebration of the Great Locomotive Chase
The plan for a celebration of the Great Locomotive Chase began with intrigue when the folks in Chattanooga woke up on June 7, 1961 to find a locomotive missing - The General, from its home in the Union depot. The disappearance was quickly solved when the beloved locomotive turned up at the Craven's Yard, about three miles from the Union Depot.

The Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N), which owned the locomotive, had taken it to the yard to see if repairs on The General were feasible. The General had not run run under its own power in 50 years. Once the initial inspection was complete the locomotive moved from Cravens Yard to the South Louisville Shop on the L&N where technicians made the promise "The General will ride again!" after tearing apart and examining the Grand Old Lady of the Western and Atlantic Railroad.

Seven months after leaving Chattanooga The General left the L&N repair shop under its own steam on February 7, 1962. Test runs with the locomotive were made to ensure that the planned journey could be completed. In addition to the coal tender, the coach carried a display of the works of Wilbur Kurtz.

Great Locomotive Chase Centennial Celebration

Dignitaries such as United States Vice-President Lyndon Johnson and Governor Ernest Vandiver attended the festivities, with descendants of some of the men involved, both on the Union and Confederate sides. The General pulled out of the approximate site of the Atlanta shed and steamed to Kennesaw, where the largest part of the celebration took place.

On the morning of April 12, 1962,


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