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.
The 3158, a heavyweight dining car, was built by the Pullman Company in 1924 for the Southern Railway. It served the Southern Railway until 1968, when they donated the car to TVRM. When first built, the car featured open windows, a clerestory roof, ornate fixtures reminiscent of the early 1920s, and two-person tables along one side and four-person tables along the other side. The Southern Railway updated the car often, the last time in the late 1940s. They removed the clerestory roof in favor of a simpler, rounded roof. They also added heating and air conditioning, sealed the windows, and altered the seating arrangement with four-person tables throughout. Today, the 3158 travels with most of TVRM’s longer excursions offering meal service to passengers. While many museums use caterers to prepare food off-site and simply serve on board, TVRM is proud to prepare all meals onboard from fresh ingredients. Have a meal in the 3158 and travel back to a time when railroad cuisine made all passengers feel first class.
Car: Southern Railway 3158/”Travelers Fare”
Car Type: Dining Car
Operators: Southern Railway, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Builder: Pullman Company
Date Built: 1924
Paint Scheme: Colonial Red
Lettered: Tennessee Valley
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.