The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Dinner Train is a unique opportunity to enjoy a railroad excursion trip and fine dining en route. The train travels through the Tennessee Valley, making this a perfect outing for anyone who loves trains and good food.
This heavyweight dining car was built in 1930 by the American Car and Foundry. It was delivered to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in October 1930. The car was used on famous L&N passenger trains, such as the “Pan-American” and the “Humming Bird.” On these passenger trains, passengers could enjoy famous L&N dishes, such as Old Hickory Smoked Country Ham with Red-Eyed Gravy and Grits, Seafood Platter, and Seafood Gumbo. The car originally had adjustable windows that could be opened, two toned green walls on the interior, and a Pullman Green exterior with gold letter and black roof. The car was modernized in 1937, having had the windows sealed and air conditioning installed. At that time, the interior walls were painted a warm grey. In 1946, the exterior was painted Boatswain Blue with a grey roof, and it was at this time the car was given the name, Cross Keys Tavern. The L&N donated the car to the Indiana Museum of Transport and Communication in 1969. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum acquired the 2728 from the Indiana Transportation Museum in 2018. Since arriving at TVRM, the car has been restored, sporting a bright coat of paint in Boatswain Blue.
Car: Louisville and Nashville Railroad 2728/”Cross Keys Tavern”
Car Type: Dining Car
Operators: Louisville and Nashville Railroad, Indiana Transportation Museum, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Builder: American Car and Foundry
Date Built: 1930
Paint Scheme: Boatswain Blue
Lettered: Louisville and Nashville
This event offers a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers a special train ride that includes a four-course meal. This event is a great way to enjoy a romantic evening out while also traveling through Chattanooga.