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Trainscapes: Train Ride On Tennessee’s Most-Scenic Railroad From Clinchfield 800

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On November 12th and 13th, Lhoist North America ran several employee appreciation specials to honor personnel from its Crab Orchard and Anderson mines for keeping the business alive throughout what was a very difficult year for the company. An unprecedented mine collapse forced the two plants to collaborate in creative ways to ensure the Crab Orchard facility remained online throughout 2021 and early 2022.

The passenger equipment used during the excursion, including the world-famous Clinchfield Railroad EMD F7A no. 800, was brought to Lhoist by the hard-working volunteers at the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum (SARM), who also staffed the train the entire weekend. SARM operated the train safely and professionally, with many of Lhoist’s employees leaving fabulous reviews of the experience. Many remarked they hoped it would become an annual tradition. Time will tell.

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