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Take a trip back in time to a slower-paced era when railroad travel was a way of life. Relive the romance of the rails when vintage trains provided an escape from the everyday routine. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum provides an interactive, historical experience that adds an extra dimension to your visit to Chattanooga’s popular attractions. Here you will find the only regularly scheduled, full-sized train ride in Tennessee. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is so much more than entertainment… It is your chance to experience the sights and sounds of yesteryear!


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Fun for history buffs & train lovers

We were visiting from Florida and took the 1 hour missionary ridge trip just to have the experience of riding on an old fashioned train fir our teen son who has always loved them. It was a fun little trip, the conductor did a great job of explaining the history as well as making good jokes. Watching the turntable turn the engine was really cool. My son is very interested is someday coming back for the teen camp. They were also very diligent about social distancing, enforcing mask wearing, and keeping the train clean. I highly recommend this company!

– lilbunnygirl | Tripadvisor
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Sweet family fun

We have ridden the Hiwassee Holiday Train for several years with our grandchildren! We always have a nice time. The views are beautiful and riding the train is just fun. They did a nice job adjusting everything for covid, and they allowed me to transfer to a different weekend when we ended up quarantining during our original booking. They were extremely helpful! We've always enjoyed the experience.

– Jan | Tripadvisor
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Christmas Dinner Train

Quaint setting, delightful atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, fabulous food and totally what I was anticipating!! I treated my husband for his birthday!! We want to experience other rides!!

– Rachael M | Tripadvisor
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Riding the Hiwassee River Gorge

We rode the Hiwassee Loop excursion in November, and enjoyed the best seat in the house, from our perch in the dome car. Terrific scenery on a very unique track plan, and the tour guide is the best in the business. He shared tons of fascinating history. Gotta love this excursion out of Etowah, Tennessee!

– Jim A | Tripadvisor
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Enjoyable for every age group

We had a great time on the Missionary Ridge train ride. The history that was shared during the trip was incredibly interesting, and there was time to ask questions as well. We will definitely be trying some of the other excursions!

– Mimi-Jodie | Tripadvisor
Tennessee Valley Railroad
Entertaining train ride

We took a ride on the Hiwassee Loop Railroad trip in October, to enjoy the changing of the leaves, and the trip was great. The conductor & staff are very courteous and knowledgeable, and we were thoroughly entertained. It's not expensive and worth every dollar. Only took 4 hours and there's lots to see. Snacks are provided for a minimum cost and you get a wonderful running narrative as you enjoy the scenery. Take the time to go to Etowah and catch the train!

– Scott G. | Tripadvisor
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Beautiful fall views

We enjoyed the Hiwassee Loop trip that left from Etowah, Tennessee. The staff was very friendly and entertaining. Our conductor was a very good narrator and even played the banjo! Our trip was in the fall and the views were spectacular. We are hoping to plan another trip soon.

– UsTraveler1992 | Tripadvisor
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Highly recommend

Thoroughly enjoyed my short trip on the TV rail today. The turntable is really cool to see in action along with the train repair depot. Lots of kiddos enjoying themselves, which was great to see. Riding the train is like a trip back in time! Seemed like there were a lot of local repeat customers who knew the staff, that says a lot about the experience and people!

– JLB_ATL | Tripadvisor


The mission of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) is to collect for preservation, operation, interpretation, and display railroad artifacts in an authentic setting to educate the public concerning the role of railroads in the history and development of our region.