Chickamauga Turn

Experience a "turn" with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum as we take you to historic Chickamauga, Ga. This trip will last approximately 6-1/4 hours (10:00am - 4:15pm*) and includes a 1-3/4 hour stop (layover in railroad lingo) in Chickamauga from roughly 11:55* until 1:45*, and a shorter layover at Wilder Tower in Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park during the return trip to Chattanooga. (*Times can vary slightly.).

Layover time allows passengers to stroll through the quaint one stoplight downtown area.

Layover time allows passengers to stroll through the quaint one stoplight downtown area, visit the Chickamauga Depot which houses a regional history museum and large model train display, or walk a block or two to view the Gordon-Lee Mansion (history link)and Crawfish Springs city park. Downtown Chickamauga has several antique and variety shops as well as a few small 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 interesting historical information. Please note that this trip is primarily about the train ride experience and the historic nature of the route and destination. The scenery along the route is secondary as portions of the line traverse a diverse variety of views into Americana. The train travels through pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel and later passes Chickamauga Battlefield enroute to the Town of Chickamauga.

Food options?

  1. Upgrade to dining car service and eat in our historic rail car
  2. Bring your own picnic (tables can be found at Crawfish Springs Park)
  3. Purchase food at the Grand Junction Depot Deli before departure and take it with you
  4. Search out one of the restaurants in Chickamauga including The Dixie Diner, Crystal Springs Smokehouse, Chocolate Therapy Cafe, Los Potros Mexican, and The Basket Case (coffee and cake)

The train will depart from our Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga (directions, info) at 10:00 am and will usually return between 4:00 and 4:30pm.


Cost for standard ticketing is $33 for adults and $25 for children age 3-12.

CLICK HERE to order tickets online.

NOTE: A ticket upgrade is available which includes lunch served in the historic dining car during the trip. Lunch is served from 10:30am until 2:00pm, and includes the following menu. Homemade soup, baked turkey and swiss cheese crouissant with all the fixings, cole slaw, potato chips, and fruit coctail. Beverages include soft drinks, iced tea, or lemonade. The tasty dessert selection is chocolate fudge cake served with ice cream.

Cost for upgraded tickets (with dining car service) are $53 for adults and $41 for children age 3-12.

Please note that smoking, alcoholic beverages, and pets are NOT allowed on any train. Thanks for your cooperation.


Saturdays only from May 28 through October 1st for 2011. Departure time is 10:00am and Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time Zone.


  Station/Location   Read
10:00 AM Lv Grand Junction Station
(directions, info)
Ar 4:15 PM
11:55 AM Ar Chickamauga Lv 1:45 PM

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