01/10/2023 - Dan Davis - It is with deep sadness to inform you that life member Dan Davis passed away today. As more information is gathered, I'll pass it on.

04/19/2023 - We are planning to have a gathering to honor our dear friend, Dan Davis. We would love to have you all come and join us in spreading his ashes along the rail line at Dirk Chandler's place 302 Alfred McCammon Rd Maryville TN 37804. We plan to have everyone arrive around 5pm on 5/5/2023. Dan loved Art of Cakes Bakery in Maryville. I plan to get cupcakes and have water for everyone to enjoy. Please spread the word as we would love to have as many of Dan's friends join us. Please feel free to ask any questions or offer suggestions if you have any. Maria Bolinger

  11/03/2022 - Dave Mattox - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dave Mattox. Dave was 71, born in Schenectady, NY. He moved to Tennessee in 2016. Dave was a member of Chattanooga Society of Model Engineers (CSME), Midsouth Live Steamers (MSLS), Central Pasco and Gulf Live Steamers, Ridge Live Steamers, and Florida Live Steamers. Past member and officer of Sacramento Valley Live Steamers. Dave also owned Bryterails and Madee K Kid Kar Kits.

Dave was married to Pat Collins-Mattox, children, Allison Mattox-King (Dale), Kelli Mattox-Graham (Jamie), and the two most wonderful granddaughters, Madellaine (Madee) King and Dakota Graham.

Memorial service will be announced at a later date.

  06/11/2022 - John Mehrling - It is with great sadness that I let you know that John Mehrling passed away this afternoon. John was a great friend to many of us and a vital help to our club. He will be greatly missed. As we hear about more details, we will let you know.

06/22/2022 - Memorial services for John will be held Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00 Eastern at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Asheville, NC.

07/02/2022 - Link

  06/03/2022 - Gene Peters - It is with deep sadness to hear that Gene Peters of Knoxville passed away this morning. We don't have many details about his passing at this time, but we will pass along any information we receive. Surviving him is his wife Marti of Knoxville.
  03/25/2022 - Hank Roberts - It is with great sadness, we have learned of the passing of life member and friend, Hank Roberts on Friday, March 25th.

03/26/2022 - Hank's funeral service will be Monday at 11:00 at Tom Wages Funeral Home in Snellville, GA. His interment will be across the street.

The following link is for the obituary: Link

  04/19/2021 - Bill Randall - It is with great sadness, we have learned of the passing of long-time member and friend, Bill Randall on Sunday, April 18th.
  08/19/2020 - Scott Weatherford, a great friend of many live steamers, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020.

The following are the arrangements for Scott Weatherford:

The celebration of life for Scott will be held Saturday, August 29th at Genesis Church in West Plains, MO. We will have a memorial / tribute to Scott at the September meet of the Big Creek and Southern Railroad, Sep 20-26th. Thinking on Friday at this time. Cindy will have Scott's new 1876 engine and some of his cars here to lead the train tribute.

  07/24/2020 - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of fellow member Rick Henderson on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. We will share information about arrangements as they become available. Click this link for his obituary.

As Dan Davis said, "A sad loss for all of us and our railroad. His labor contributions to the railroad were without equal."

As Deborah Mynatt said, "From statistics to working on the right of way, Rick contributed to what the railroad is today during its early years."


  06/28/2020 - Ed Henderson, Rick Henderson's father, was in hospice care at Longwood, near Orlando, Florida. Born Oct 8,1923, he passed away on June 25, 2020 at the age of 97.

Ed was a veteran of WW-2, the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. Most of his military service was as a pilot of an EC-121 early warning aircraft. He was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and his wife predeceased him in 2004. He is survived by his four children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Ed was a life long model railroad fan. He joined CSME after several years of visiting since his first visit in December 2001 when it was 27 degrees outside. His only regret was that he did not join sooner. The photo of him was taken on his first run as a new engineer; it was on his 90th birthday. When the Depot construction was being planned, he donated the money to enlarge it from the planned 1,200 square feet to the current 1,500 square feet.

In a private ceremony, his ashes will be spread combined with his wife's in North Carolina this coming fall season. There will be no public service.

  02/03/2020 - Funeral arrangements

02/01/2020 - It is with much sadness that we share with you the news that Marti Newlon passed away earlier today at a hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. Funeral service details will be forthcoming as we learn more from Ron, her surviving husband, and other family members.

  01/17/2020 - It is with great sadness to let you know about the loss of Brenda Robinson Barfield. Brenda was the wife of David C. Barfield that we lost just recently. She was involved in a vehicle accident when she lost her life. Click this link for arrangement information.
  12/16/2019 - It is with much sadness to let you know that Dave Barfield (Flashers-R-Us) passed last night. He fought a hard battle with cancer and will surely be missed. Click this link for arrangement information.

To all,

We have permission to run steam locomotives during the 2019 Fall Meet. However, you MUST have a working ash pan and a stack screen or spark arrestor to run. Please keep an eye out for any fires that may be set while running.

Chris Lairson
CSME Vice President

  09/20/2019 - Sequatchie County has been placed under a "burn ban" effective 09/20/2019. No date has been placed for when this ban will be lifted. ALL COAL AND OIL FIRED ENGINES are not permitted to run while the "burn ban" is in effect. Propane fired engines can still run. This also means no burning in the pits at Cumberland, Saddleback, and Eagle Point. Signs will be posted at the depot and the roundhouse. This can pose an issue going into our busy Fall Meet. Please check back to see if this "burn ban" has been lifted.
  01/09/2019 - It is with much regret and sadness to let you know that David Porter passed away a little after 9am on January 8, 2019. David was one of the founding members of CSME. Information regarding funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

01/10/2019 - Visitation will take place at Chattanooga Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Hwy in Chattanooga, TN on Sunday 4-7 pm and Monday 12-1 pm followed by a service at the chapel with burial at the National Cemetary at 2:30 PM.


  06/11/2018 - It is with much regret and sadness to let you know that Warren Jamison passed away in his sleep very early this morning. Funeral arrangements in Dunlap, Tennessee are pending and more information will be forthcoming.

06/12/2018 - On behalf of the Jamison Family, the friends of Warren are cordially invited to a celebration of life for Warren Jamison. Please come to the Eagle Point Railroad this Saturday, June 16th, at 12:00 pm for an informal potluck lunch and a remembrance of one of our most special members. Since this Saturday is also our monthly run day, you are welcome to come early and ride your trains.