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Welcome Spring with East Tennessee's Art Market & Train Rides

Spring into Art and History: East Tennessee’s Art Market and Train Rides

As the fresh bloom of March ushers in a classic East Tennessee spring, we’re excited to announce a weekend celebration combining local art and historical railway experiences. This special event, set against the backdrop of budding flowers and warming weather, invites the community and visitors to immerse in the rich cultural and historical tapestry of our region.

A Unique Art Market Experience

This weekend, our first Art Market comes to life, showcasing the talents of 19 local artisans. It’s more than just a market; it’s a celebration of local craftsmanship and creativity. Visitors have the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of handcrafted items, each with its own story and heritage, perfect for those seeking to own a piece of East Tennessee’s artistic spirit.

Historical Train Rides: A Journey Through Time

While the steam opening is rescheduled to next weekend, the vintage Diesel number 710 will lead the Missionary Ridge Local, offering a rare glimpse into the past. The train ride is not just a journey through the scenic landscapes but also a voyage into the history of rail transportation in East Tennessee. This historical train, meticulously preserved and operated, provides a tangible connection to the bygone era of rail travel.

Enhance Your Experience with a Cab Ride

For enthusiasts looking for a more intimate encounter with railway history, we offer the chance to upgrade to a cab ride. This experience allows you to witness the daily life of our crew and gain a deeper understanding of the workings of a vintage train, a truly immersive historical adventure.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I purchase items from the Art Market? Visitors can buy directly from artisans at the market. Each purchase supports local talent and preserves the region’s artistic heritage.
  2. Are the train rides suitable for children? Absolutely! Our train rides are a family-friendly activity, offering a fun and educational experience for all ages.
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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.