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With summer in full swing, there’s no better way to escape the heat and create lasting memories than on one of our train rides. Whether you’re in Chattanooga or Delano, TN, we have a ride for everyone.


At the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, we pride ourselves on preserving the rich history of rail travel. Our trains, including the iconic 120-year-old steam engine #630, offer a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the golden age of railroading. Join us on a journey through scenic landscapes and historical routes that have enchanted travelers for generations.

Featured Rides in Chattanooga:

  • The Missionary Ridge Local:
    1. Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
    2. Experience: A quick yet immersive trip through Chattanooga’s rail history, featuring the majestic steam engine #630 on most weekends and a vintage Diesel weekdays. It’s the perfect introduction to the golden era of railroading.
    3. Book Now: Missionary Ridge Local Tickets


  • The Homefront Tea Room:
    1. Duration: Enjoy a leisurely high tea followed by a ride on the Missionary Ridge Local.
    2. Experience: Indulge in a delicious high tea at the Grand Junction Depot’s upstairs dining room before embarking on a charming train ride.
    3. Time: Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM.
    4. Book Now: Homefront Tea Room Tickets


  • The Evening Ridge Runner:
    1. Duration: Evening departures at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
    2. Experience: Watch the sun set over Chattanooga while traveling in vintage passenger cars from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.
    3. Book Now: Evening Ridge Runner Tickets


  • The Chickamauga Turn:
    1. Duration: A longer journey departing at 10:15 AM on Saturday.
    2. Experience: Enjoy the views of the North Georgia foothills and the charming town of Chickamauga, GA, aboard the vintage Diesel TAG80.
    3. Book Now: Chickamauga Turn Tickets


Featured Rides from Delano, TN:

  • The Copperhill Special:
    • Duration: A 9-hour adventure.
    • Experience: Travel along the stunning Hiwassee River Gorge to Copperhill and enjoy lunch and shopping in this quaint town.
    • Book Now: Copperhill Special Tickets


  • The Hiwassee Loop:
    • Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours.
    • Experience: Marvel at the lush landscapes and the “Bald Mountain Loop” on this beautiful ride through the Lower Hiwassee River Gorge.
    • Book Now: Hiwassee Loop Tickets

Questions and Answers:

  1. 1. What should I bring on the train ride?
    1. Passengers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. Don’t forget your camera!
  2. Are these rides suitable for young children?
    1. Absolutely! Each ride is designed to be family-friendly, providing enjoyable and safe experiences for all ages.
  3. How can I ensure my tickets?
    1. We recommend booking early through our website to secure your spot, as these popular rides fill up quickly.

Book your tickets now for an adventure with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum!