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October’s Train Adventures in Tennessee

October has officially made its grand entrance, bringing with it the crisp, cool air that heralds the onset of fall. As the leaves begin to change and the world takes on a golden hue, there’s no better time to embark on a scenic train journey. And if you’re in Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) has the perfect lineup of train rides to make your October unforgettable.

Halloween Eerie Express
Kick off your October weekends with the Halloween Eerie Express. This family-friendly event is more than just a train ride. Don your best costumes and participate in the exciting costume contest. It’s a festive experience that promises fun for all ages.

Missionary Ridge Local
On Friday, the vintage diesel #710 will take center stage. But come Saturday and Sunday, it’s the steam engine #630 that will be chugging along the tracks. If you’re a fan of vintage trains, this is one ride you won’t want to miss.

Saturday Steam Queen #4501
For those looking for a longer journey, the Summerville Steam Special offers a day-long ride into the picturesque landscapes of north Georgia. The star of this ride is the Steam Queen #4501, working tirelessly to give passengers an authentic steam engine experience.

The Chickamauga Turn
Departing from Grand Junction on Sunday, The Chickamauga Turn is a journey steeped in history. The train stops over in the charming town of Chickamauga, Georgia, before making its return to Chattanooga. It’s a ride that beautifully blends scenic beauty with historical significance.

From Delano
For those starting their journey from Delano, there are two fantastic options. Choose the Hiwassee Loop for a half-day ride that takes you through the breathtaking Hiwassee River Gorge. Or, opt for the Copperhill Special if you’re in the mood for a day-long adventure.

Details & Booking

  • Location: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Rd, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Summerville Steam Special: Book your tickets here. Price details are available on the website.
  • Chickamauga Turn: Departs at 10:15 am and returns around 5 pm. Tickets start at $48. Book now.
  • Missionary Ridge Local: A 1-hour vintage train ride priced at $24 for adults and $15 for children. Book here. Upgrade options for a Cab Ride are available, but age and dress restrictions apply.
  • From Delano: The starting point is 9406 Highway 411, Delano, TN. The Copperhill Special starts at $70 (Book here), and the Hiwassee Loop is priced from $48 (Book now).

With so many trains and so many options, the only question is: which journey will you choose? Come ride with us and make your October truly special.

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Missionary Ridge Local Train Ride

January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024 EDT

Embark on a journey aboard our historic short-line locomotive! Our most regularly scheduled voyages, fondly known as “The Local,” initiate from our distinguished Grand Junction Station, heading towards East Chattanooga. Here, you’ll enjoy a stopover featuring an intriguing demonstration of a classic turntable, followed by a tour of our workshop.

  • Delano Trip
From $70

Copperhill Special

May 5, 2024 - November 23, 2024 EDT

Embark on the Copperhill Train Ride, an extensive 94-mile round trip journey traversing the lower Hiwassee River Gorge and the unique Hiwassee Loop, culminating in the paired cities of Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, Georgia. Enjoy a self-paced lunch during a 90-minute layover, making your day-long adventure a memorable one.

  • Delano Trip
From $48

Hiwassee Loop

May 3, 2024 - November 11, 2024 EDT

Embark on a remarkable 50-mile journey through the picturesque lower Hiwassee River gorge, culminating at the peak of the iconic Hiwassee Loop—a unique rail marvel found only in Farner, Tennessee, and just six locations across North America. Experience this 5-hour trip with no layovers, immersing in the history.