Experience a longer trip on Saturdays as you ride the Chickamauga Turn from Chattanooga to Chickamauga, Georgia, and return. Schedule for 2013 has runs on Saturdays, April 6 through September 29. (However, please note that this service is not available for April 27, May 4 & 11, or for September 7 -- please see Railfest for other options. In October and November, see Summerville Steam Specials for autumn excursions.)
The trip lasts approximately 6-1/4 hours and includes a 1-1/2 hour layover in Chickamauga, and a shorter layover at Wilder Tower in Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park during the return trip to Chattanooga. (Grand Junction departure time is 10am; return is approximately 4:15pm.)
Layover time allows passengers to stroll through the quaint downtown area, visit the Chickamauga Depot which houses a regional history, or walk a block or two to view the Gordon-Lee Mansion and Crawfish Springs city park. Downtown Chickamauga has several antique and variety shops as well as some hometown restaurants and coffee shops. Watch out for the Civil War cannons that stand guard over the main intersection in town!
A uniformed Civil War reenactor rides the train to point out areas of interest and relay fascinating historical information.
The train travels through pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel through areas of East Chattanooga passing Chattanooga National Cemetery and later Chickamauga Battlefield enroute to the Town of Chickamauga.
- Upgrade to dining car service and eat in our historic rail car
- Search out one of the restaurants in Chickamauga including Mater's, Los Potros Mexican, Chocolate Therapy Cafe, and Crystal Springs Smokehouse
- Purchase food at the Grand Junction Depot Deli before departure and take it with you
- Bring your own picnic (tables can be found at Crawfish Springs Park)
In the dining car, lunch is served at varying times from 10:30am until 2:00pm, and is similar to the following menu: Homemade soup, baked turkey and swiss cheese crouissant with all the fixings, cole slaw, potato chips, and fruit cocktail. Beverages include soft drinks, iced tea, or lemonade. The tasty dessert selection is usually chocolate fudge cake served with ice cream.
Cost for standard ticketing is $34 for adults and $26 for children age 3-12. A ticket upgrade is available which includes lunch served in the historic dining car during the trip.