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Missionary Ridge Local (55 mins)

Content
  1. Trip Details
  2. Cost
  3. Video/Route Map
  4. Additional Information: 
    1. Discounts
    2. Annual Schedule
    3. Steam Schedule
    4. Cab Rides
    5. Other Chattanooga Trips
    6. Chattanooga Stations FAQs
    7. History of our Equipment

Trip Details:

We are currently running our steam engine daily until August 3rd.

55-minute experience on the Missionary Ridge Local includes: 

  • 6-miles round trip
  • Tour guide providing local history throughout the experience.
  • Crossing 4 bridges
  • Passing through pre-civil war, horseshoe-shaped tunnel
  • Historic turntable demonstration.
  • A brief tour of train restoration shops.

Time breakdown

Our most frequent service - Daily in season! Missionary Ridge Local trips begin at the Grand Junction Station and take passengers along one of the original railroad lines in Chattanooga, crossing four bridges and passing through pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel, which was completed in 1858.

The train stops at East Chattanooga, allowing riders to see 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 an hour -- a great train ride for kids.

The term “Local” refers to short line trains that were at one time a lifeline to the world from small towns around the nation. As the train rolls to a stop with the ground rumbling under your feet, you feel the mounting anticipation. The conductor calls the long-awaited signal: “All Aboard!” Excitement builds as passengers scurry to their seats. This was a regular occurrence 100 years ago…as it is today!

Buy Tickets at Chattanooga Grand Junction or Online before each departure time.

This Week TripS Tickets (Eastern Time Zone)

Restroom facilities are available at 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.

Cost:

Tickets are $17 for adults and $11 for children age 2-12 years. There is no charge for children age 1 year and under. Tickets are purchased online or as walk-up before each train departs. The boarding location is Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga Tennessee. Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time Zone. Check the calendar for dates of operation.  

 

Videos/Route Map:

 

 


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 the Grand Junction 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
  • Opportunity to help run 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, April 1. 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 HERE 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 depart Saturdays* & Sundays at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35. In addition to weekends, trains also depart on Fridays at 10:40 & 12:05 except Friday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 30, when North Pole Limited trains run instead of the Missionary Ridge Local. 

*No Missionary Ridge Local service on Nov. 23, 24, or 30 due to daytime North Pole Limited service.

December: Trains will run December 26 through Dec. 31 at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15 & 2:25. Also see dates/availability for North Pole Limited service HERE.


Steam Schedule:

Steam engines schedule:

  • Weekend Service: March 3rd through the end of November
  • Weekday Service: 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 you have to be 15 years or older to ride by yourself, you can ride in a steam locomotive accompanied with an adult if you are between the ages of 12-14 years old. You must have closed toe shoes and long pants. And it is an additional $20 for a one-way trip.

For Diesel Locomotives you have to be 15 years old to ride by yourself, you can ride in the diesel locomotive accompanied by an adult if you are between the ages of 10-14 years old. You must have closed toe shoes. And it is an additional $10 for a one-way trip.


**Historic rail cars and stations were built before the advent of technology which accommodates people with special needs. Our rail cars and Summerville stations were not designed to accommodate wheelchairs safely. 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 person who can board the train themselves and occupy a standard passenger seat are welcome and encouraged to ride.

Buy Your Tickets Now!


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.