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Rolling Straight into Summer!

As summer begins, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) is gearing up for one of its most anticipated events of the year: the Summerville Steam Special. On June 1st, this unique doubleheader event will see two of TVRM’s most beloved steam locomotives, Steam Star #630 and the Queen of Steam #4501, come together for an unforgettable journey to Summerville, Georgia.

A Tribute to Railroad Heritage

The Summerville Steam Special is more than just a train ride; it’s a celebration of the enduring legacy and cultural impact of steam locomotives. These iron giants played a crucial role in shaping the industrial landscape and connecting communities across vast distances. TVRM’s dedication to preserving and showcasing these magnificent machines offers a tangible link to this transformative period in history.

Steam Star #630 and Queen of Steam #4501

Both Steam Star #630 and the Queen of Steam #4501 have storied pasts. Steam Star #630, built in 1904, served the Southern Railway for many years before being retired and later restored by TVRM. The Queen of Steam #4501, another Southern Railway veteran, is equally celebrated for its powerful performance and historical significance.

The Doubleheader Experience

The doubleheader event on June 1st will be a spectacular display of steam power. With both locomotives working together, passengers will experience the full force and grandeur of these historic engines. The journey to Summerville is not just a ride; it’s an immersive experience that brings the past to life. Our second doubleheader date will be November 3, 2024.

Activities and Attractions

Upon arrival in Summerville, passengers can look forward to a variety of activities:

  • Ice Cream Competition and Contest: In honor of Dairy Month, participate in the 2024 Chill & Churn Homemade Ice Cream Competition and Ice Cream Eating Contest at the Summerville Depot. It’s an event for everyone to enjoy.
  • Live Music by Low Down Revival: Enjoy the fantastic bluegrass and gospel tunes by Low Down Revival, adding a festive atmosphere to the event.
  • Food and Craft Vendors: A selection of food vendors will offer delicious options, while craft vendors showcase unique handmade items, perfect for souvenirs.

Book Your Tickets:

Departing from: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN

Q&A Section

  1. What can I expect from the Summerville Steam Special?
    • The event features a doubleheader journey with Steam Star #630 and the Queen of Steam #4501, along with activities like an ice cream competition, live music, and vendor stalls in Summerville.
  2. Are there any additional costs for activities in Summerville?
    • Tasting bracelets for the food vendors will be available for $5.
  3. Is the Summerville Steam Special suitable for families?
    • Absolutely! The event offers a variety of activities that are perfect for families, making it a fun and educational experience for all ages.