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***The Missionary Ridge Local trip does not run during  Day Out With Thomas weekends. (May 18th and 19th) ***

Trip Details:

Your 55 minute experience on the Missionary Ridge Local includes: 

  • A 6 mile roundtrip ride
  • A tour guide who will discuss local history and railroad operations
  • Crossing of the Chickamauga Creek bridge
  • Pass through our pre-Civil War tunnel, completed in 1858
  • A demonstration of our turntable, turning the locomotive around for the return trip
  • A brief tour of our restoration facility

Time breakdown

Our most frequent service - daily in season! 

The term “Local” refers to shorter trains that were once a lifeline to small towns along the railroad. Local trains featured frequent stops and services that included mail delivery, shipping of local produce, meat, and dairy products, and for some children even their daily ride to school! 

Imagine as you stand on the platform as the train arrives... the train rolls to a stop with the ground rumbling beneath your feet, you feel a mounting sense of anticipation. The conductor calls the long awaited signal: “Board!” Excitement builds as passengers scurry to their seats, looking forward to a relaxing trip aboard the train, on to their next destination. This was a regular occurrence 100 years ago… and it still is today on the Missionary Ridge Local!

Missionary Ridge Local trips begin at the Grand Junction depot and take passengers along one of the original railroad lines into Chattanooga, crossing bridges and diving through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel before arriving at the other side of our museum, East Chattanooga. 

The train stops at East Chattanooga, allowing riders off the train to watch the locomotive rotating on a turntable and participate in a tour of the railroad restoration shop before re-boarding for the return trip. Round trip time is slightly less than one hour - a great introductory train ride for kids!

Purchase tickets in person at our Grand Junction depot (4119 Cromwell Road) or online before each departure time.

Restroom facilities are available at each of our depots for Missionary Ridge Local passengers.

  • Chattanooga Grand Junction restrooms are located within the depot next to the gift shop.
  • East Chattanooga restrooms are located in the gray building on the left side crossing over the track 1 and 2 when walking towards the turn tablet. See map for layout.
  • If an emergency, please find the train crew for help.

Fare

Children under 2 years ride free if not occupying a seat. Tickets may be purchased online or as walk-up before each train departs. The trains boards at our Grand Junction depot, located at 4119 Cromwell Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time Zone. Please check the calendar for dates of operation and departure times.

Adult

$18

  • Ages 13 and up
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Child

$12

  • Ages 2 - 12
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Infant

Free

  • Under two years old
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Discounts:

Our Miltary and AAA discounts are only for Missionary Ridge Local trips:

  • We offer $1 off on every person in the party of any active duty or veteran with military ID.
  • We do offer AAA discounts of $1 off adults and .50 off each child with AAA card.

 


Annual Pass / Membership:

Annual Pass Membership Includes:

  • Free admission and unlimited rides on the Missionary Ridge Local trains for the duration of your yearly membership.
  • Bring your non-member guests at group rate.
  • Subscription to our quarterly Smoke & Cinders magazine.
  • 10% discount at our Grand Junction depot gift shop.
  • Price:
    • $35 per individual
    • $95 per family (2 adults and 4 kids) - add additional household members at $15 per individual

TVRM Membership (includes the above items plus)

  • Discounts on other TVRM excursions
  • Opportunities to help the railroad as a volunteer worker
  • Organizational voting rights as a member
  • The satisfaction of preserving railroad history
  • Price:
    • $55 per individual
    • $115 per family (2 adults and 4 kids) - add additional household members at $20 per individual

 

Annual Schedule:

January: Trains depart every Saturday at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15 & 2:25 as well as Sunday and Monday of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.

February: Trains depart every Saturday and Sunday at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, & 2:25 as well as President's Day.

March: Trains depart every Saturday & Sunday at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35. Beginning on March 1, trains also depart on Mondays through Fridays at 10:40 & 12:05.

April: Trains depart every Saturday & Sunday* at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35. In addition to weekends, trains also depart on all Mondays through Fridays at 10:40 & 12:05. *Closed on Easter Sunday. Note: Day Out With Thomas will be held on April 28 & 29, including an expanded Missionary Ridge Local schedule.

May: Trains depart every Saturday & Sunday at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35. In addition to weekends, trains also depart on Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:40 & 12:05 (the railroad is closed on Mondays.) Note: Day Out With Thomas will be held on May 5, 6 & 12, including an expanded Missionary Ridge Local schedule. Beginning on May 28, trains depart daily at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35.

June: Trains depart daily at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35.  

July: Trains depart daily at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35. 

August: Trains depart every Saturday & Sunday at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35 as well as on weekdays through August 3. During the week of Aug 6-10, trains depart on weekdays at at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15 & 2:25. Beginning on August 13, the railroad will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, but trains depart on Wednesday-Friday at 10:40 & 12:05. 

September: Trains depart every Saturday & Sunday at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35 as well as Labor Day Monday, September 3. In addition to weekends, trains also run Wednesday- Friday at 10:40 & 12:05 (the railroad is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.) Notes: Railfest will be held on Sept 8 & 9, including an expanded Missionary Ridge Local schedule -- all passengers must purchase Railfest admission rather than individual Missionary Ridge Local tickets.)

October: Trains depart every Saturday & Sunday at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35. In addition to weekends, trains also depart on most Mondays through Fridays at 10:40 & 12:05 & 1:15. Trains will not run on Monday, October 22 or Monday, October 29. On October 30 & 31, trains will depart at 10:40 and 12:05.

November: Trains run only on select dates due to North Pole Limited service.

December: Trains will run Dec. 26, 27, 28, 30 & 31 at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35, and Dec. 29 at 10:40, 12:05 & 1:15.  Also see dates/availability for North Pole Limited service HERE.


Steam Schedule:

Steam locomotive schedule:

  • Weekends: March 3rd through mid-November
  • Weekdays: May 28th through August 3rd.

**TVRM reserves the right to substitute equipment or motive power and to alter published fares, times of operation, and destination as mechanical or operating conditions require, without notice.**


Cab Rides:

Missionary Ridge Local Trips only

For steam locomotives, the fare is an additional $20 each way. Riders must be 15 years or older to ride alone, and those between the ages of 12-14 may ride if accompanied by an adult. All cab riders must wear closed toe shoes and long pants. 

For diesel locomotives, the fare is an additional $10 each way. Riders must be 15 years or older to ride alone, and those between the ages of 10-14 may ride if accompanied by an adult. All cab riders must wear closed toe shoes.


**Historic rail cars and stations were built before the advent of accomadations for individuals with special needs. Our passenger cars and Summerville station were not designed to safely accommodate wheelchairs. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recognizes the limitations of such historic rail equipment and expressly exempts trains and stations of this type from accessibility requirements. Though we cannot accommodate wheelchair use or access within our historical passenger cars, all persons who are able to board the train themselves and occupy a standard passenger seat are welcomed and encouraged to ride.**

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All Aboard at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum!

Aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad, you will ride a rolling time machine providing the sights and sounds of yesteryear.