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Unforgettable 4th of July Train Rides

The Fourth of July is here, and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) is celebrating all week long with a series of unforgettable train rides. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a fun family activity, we have something special for everyone. Join us for a week filled with exciting journeys and create lasting memories.

TVRM’s train rides offer a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the history of railroads. This week, our rides feature both historic steam and diesel engines, providing an authentic and educational experience for all ages.

Weekday Feature:

  • Missionary Ridge Local with Southern Diesel Engine #5000:
    • Climb aboard the Missionary Ridge Local and enjoy a quick trip into history with the mighty Southern Diesel Engine #5000. This ride offers a perfect blend of history and scenic beauty, making it a must-do activity for visitors.

Weekend Adventures:

  • Steam Star #4501:
    • Get ready for a rare treat as Steam Star #4501 leads the charge this weekend. This historic steam engine will also power the Evening Ridge Runner on Friday and Saturday, offering a “Classic Chattanooga” train experience. Don’t miss the chance to ride behind this iconic locomotive and enjoy the twilight views.

Add Some Fun:

  • High Tea in the Homefront Tea Room:
    • Make your journey extra special by booking a reservation in the Homefront Tea Room. Enjoy an elegant high tea followed by a memorable train ride, combining relaxation with a touch of history.

For a Longer Experience:

  • Chickamauga Turn:
    • For those seeking a longer adventure, the Chickamauga Turn departs at 10:15 AM on Saturday. This scenic ride into North Georgia includes options for lunch in the Dining Car, offering a delightful blend of picturesque views and culinary enjoyment.

Delano Trips:

  • Hiwassee Loop Ride:
    • Departing from Delano, the Hiwassee Loop ride is a 4.5-hour journey that travels along the lower Hiwassee River Gorge and up the Great Bald Mountain Loop. This scenic ride offers breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains and showcases the engineering ingenuity of the past.
  • Copperhill Special:
    • For a longer adventure, book your tickets for the Copperhill Special. This day-long ride includes all the features of the Hiwassee Loop plus additional travel into the quaint town of Copperhill. Enjoy a layover for lunch and shopping, making this a perfect blend of scenic beauty and local exploration.

Reader Questions:

  1. What can I expect on the Missionary Ridge Local ride?
    • The Missionary Ridge Local offers a quick, yet immersive journey into aspects of railroading, featuring the powerful Southern Diesel Engine #5000.
  2. How can I book tickets for the rides?
    • Tickets for all rides can be booked online through the TVRM website here.
  3. What are the highlights of the Chickamauga Turn ride?
    • The Chickamauga Turn ride features include: travel into the North Georgia hills, passing through small towns and along the edge of Chickamauga Battlefield. This ride offers several ticketing options with or without lunch in the Dining Car, making it a perfect longer excursion.

Led by experienced conductors, TVRM’s train rides are enriched with narratives and fascinating facts about the railroads. Their expertise ensures that each journey is both educational and enjoyable, providing a deeper appreciation of the region’s railroading heritage.

Join us this 4th of July week at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum for a series of train rides that offer a perfect blend of history, scenic beauty, and fun. Whether you choose the Missionary Ridge Local, Evening Ridge Runner, or Chickamauga Turn, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Book your adventure today and celebrate with us!

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