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Select from daily rides, longer weekend trips, extended seasonal excursions, monthly dinner trains, special events, and many other options.

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Missionary Ridge Train Trip

Missionary Ridge Local is a daily service with multiple departures which pack a surprising amount of history into a relatively short time span. 

55-minute experience on the Missionary Ridge Local includes:

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Summerville Steam Specials Train Ride

Summerville Steam Specials are all-day excursions to Summerville, Georgia, offered primarily on weekends during the autumn season, but with a possibility of additional trips throughout the year. A monthly dinner train runs on select Saturday evenings as well as around Valentine’s Day and Christmas. More Information | Directions


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Chickamauga Turn Train Ride

Chickamauga Turn is a longer ride offered on Saturdays from May through September to the Civil War town of Chickamauga, Georgia. More Information | Directions


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Dinner on the Diner Train Ride

Dinner on the Diner includes a three-course meal in a vintage dining car, Pullman car, or the Eden Isle private office car. Dining car tables seat up to four (4), while tables in the Pullman car seat two (2). For small groups (up to 8) desiring greater privacy, call the office at 423-894-8028 to reserve the Eden Isle private office car for a flat fee.More Information | Directions


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Special Events

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is home to numerous special events including:

North Pole Limited

As our most popular annual event, North Pole Limited train rides have been a family tradition since 1999. During the magical holiday season, trains take riders on an imaginary journey to the North Pole. Along the way, you’ll be treated to refreshments, storytelling, and occasional sing-a-longs. As the train gently rolls down the rails, a number of lighted displays can be seen outside. Once the train pulls into the “North Pole,” a special guest boards for a visit.

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Valentine Dinner Train

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers special Dinner Trains during the Valentine season.Trips include a four-course dining experience on board a restored 1924 dining car. The excursion trains typically depart from our Chattanooga Grand Junction at 5:30 p.m., traveling at a leisurely pace through portions of urban Chattanooga, passing Warner Park Zoo and Chattanooga National Cemetery.


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Day Out With Thomas is an annual event at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum over several weekends in the spring - usually the last weekend of April and first two weekends of May.  This is a great opportunity for children and their grown-ups to spend several hours enjoying "everything Thomas"!  Focus is centered around Thomas & Friends characters, with the highlight being a 25-minute ride on a full-sized train headed by Thomas the Tank Engine himself! 

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Halloween Eerie Express

Halloween Eerie Express trains depart from Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Grand Junction Station for a fun filled round-trip journey! Passengers begin by boarding a vintage train for a trip over four bridges and through Missionary Ridge Tunnel.  Once arriving at the Funhouse Station, riders disembark and enter the Funhouse area. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes, and we'll have a contest with prizes for the best costume (boys and girls.) 


Christmas Special Dinner Train

The trips will include a four-course dining experience on board a restored 1924 dining car. The excursion trains will depart from Grand Junction Station at 7:00 p.m., traveling at a leisurely pace through portions of urban East Chattanooga before reversing direction and returning to Grand Junction. The travel time is just right for the complete meal in a vintage dining car.

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Groups are invited aboard all trains, including charters customized to your needs. School field trips are offered for educational trips and learning explorations. You can also have a train-themed birthday party at the Tennessee Valley Railroad!