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Opening Phase One June 5: Missionary Ridge Local Train Rides.

Due to all the guidelines and regulations for opening - all guests will need a wrist band to enter Grand Junction Depot campus. Wrist bands will be at the parking lot check in booth.

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  • Day Out With Thomas™
    Day Out With Thomas™

    Aug 15-16 & Aug 22-23

    Day Out With Thomas™ is an annual event that offers children and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with Thomas, the No. 1 blue engine, and enjoy a day of fun filled Thomas & Friends™ themed activities. 

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  • Missionary Ridge Local
    Missionary Ridge Local

    Missionary Ridge Local trips begin at the Grand Junction Station and take passengers along one of the original railroad lines in Chattanooga, crossing four bridges and passing through pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel, which was completed in 1858.

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  • Chickamauga Turn
    Chickamauga Turn

    All aboard the Chickamauga Turn for a 6 1/4 hour ride to the historic Civil War town of Chickamauga, Georgia via the former Central of Georgia Railroad. During the trip, enjoy a 1 3/4 hour layover in downtown Chickamauga, where you can visit the historic Crawfish Springs or the Gordon-Lee Mansion.

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Explore Our Rides

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Missionary Ridge Local (55 minutes)

Ride our vintage short line train for a 55-minute, 6 mile roundtrip. Train crosses Chickamauga Creek and passes through the pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge tunnel traveling between Grand Junction and East Chattanooga.

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Day Out with Thomas

Percy will join Thomas the Tank Engine™ leading scheduled trains between 9:00am and 6:30pm from Grand Junction Station, Chattanooga, TN.

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Summerville Steam Special (9 Hours)

Summerville Steam Special trains trip follow a historic route from Chattanooga to Summerville, Georgia; traveling past Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and through Chickamauga and into Summerville. For four trips in 2019, double steam engine (double-headed) trips will be featured with both #4501 and #630 on June 1, October 20 & 27, and November 10.

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Chickamauga Turn (6:15 hours)

Explore Chattanooga and Chickamauga's Civil War past on this historic train ride that includes a layover in the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.

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Copperhill Special (8:30 Hours)

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's Copperhill Special train ride takes travelers through the lower Hiwassee Gorge and over the Hiwassee Loop.

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Hiwassee Loop (4 Hours)

The Hiwassee Loop train ride is a 50-mile round trip through the Hiwassee River Gorge. All trips begin at the restored L&N Depot & Museum in Etowah, Tennessee.

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Chattanooga’s Wine Dinner Train Excursion

Celebrate the adventures of yesteryear on Chattanooga's iconic railroad aboard a restored 1924 dining car while you enjoy delicious wine, food, and views. Each two hour train ride adventure includes a three-course dining experience, select wine pairings, and beverages on board a restored 1924 dining car.

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Dinner on the Diner (2:00 Hours)

Enjoy a meal on board a restored dining car. Trains depart from Grand Junction Station, traveling at a leisurely pace through portions of urban East Chattanooga before reversing direction and returning to Grand Junction.

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Autumn Leaf Specials (9 hours)

Autumn Leaf Specials trains follow a historic route from Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga to Summerville, Georgia; crossing the state line in Rossville, traveling past Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and through Chickamauga, Rock Spring, LaFayette, Trion, and into Summerville. Departure for the all-day trip is 9:00 am with return approximately 6:00 pm.

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Santa’s Hiwassee Holiday Train (75 mins)

All aboard for a Hiwassee Holiday Adventure! For the fourth time, 'Santa Trains' will operate along the beautiful Hiwassee River from Delano, TN to Reliance, TN.

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Nightcaps with St. Nick (75 mins)

Guests will board our first-class, round-end observation car for a journey to the North Pole at TVRM's Grand Junction Station. Along the way, attendants will serve beverages and dessert plates while costumed storytellers and entertainers read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas,' sing carols, and entertain passengers during the trip.

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Summerville Santa Special (75 mins)

All aboard for a Georgia holiday adventure: The Summerville Santa Special Train Ride! Trains depart from the festively-decorated, historic Summerville Depot.

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New Year’s Eve Dinner Train (2 hours)

New Year's Eve Dinner Train. The trips include a three-course dining experience usually on board a restored 1924 dining car. Excursion trains will depart from Chattanooga's Grand Junction Station in the evening, traveling at a leisurely pace through portions of urban East Chattanooga before reversing direction and returning to Grand Junction.

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Valentine Dinner train (2 hours)

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers special Dinner Trains during the Valentine season. Trips include a four-course dining experience on board a restored 1924 dining car. The excursion trains typically depart from our Chattanooga Grand Junction at 5:30 p.m., traveling at a leisurely pace through portions of urban Chattanooga, passing Warner Park Zoo and Chattanooga National Cemetery.

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North Pole Limited (75 mins)

Get information for North Pole Limited Christmas train ride at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. You can take an imaginary trip to the North Pole and even see Santa!

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Founders Day

Sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, the Tennessee Valley Founders Day features train rides, live music, a petting zoo and family fun.

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Halloween Eerie Express (90 mins)

The Halloween Eerie Express trains depart from Grand Junction Station for a fun-filled round-trip journey. Features include storytelling, a tour through the Eerie Fun House, ride back to Grand Junction and a bag of treats for a festive Halloween experience. This family-friendly trip will get your fall started off right.

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Railroad Summer Camp

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers summer camp programs for teens and junior railroaders. Get pricing and information for this year's camps.

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2019 Christmas Special Dinner Train (2 hours)

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum operates special Holiday Dinner Trains for the Christmas season. Celebrate the holidays at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum with a four-course meal and a ride through East Chattanooga aboard a restored 1924 dining car.

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Chattanooga Museum Hop (55 mins)

You’ll need a passport, but you won’t need to pack a bag for this amazing adventure. Explore and experience the unexpected when six Chattanooga-area museums open their doors for the Museum Hop.

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The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

A Train Ride Through Time!

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 will add 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!

    Please feel free to spend time visiting our Grand Junction depot before purchasing your ticket. There you will find our ticket office, deli, gift shop, and historical displays to enjoy. We do not charge an admission fee except on some of our special event weekends.

Mission Statement

    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.

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