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Railfest Chattanooga

  1. Event Details
  2. Cost
  3. Food Choices
  4. Train Times
    1. Missinary Ridge Local
    2. Rail Baron's Bash
    3. Dinner on the Diner
    4. Chickamauga Turn

Event Details:

Don't miss Tennessee Valley Railfest on September 8 & 9, 2018! The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is the largest operating historical museum in the Southeast and a must visit this summer during Railfest.

A ticket to the Tennessee Valley Railfest features Missionary Ridge Local train rides, live musical entertainment, demonstrations, petting zoo, children’s activities, and plenty of food. There are activities for all ages and unique gifts to purchase for your favorite train enthusiast.

 

What is Railfest? It is a great opportunity to visit the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and see the railroad history which has been preserved over the last 50+ years! Trains will be running throughout each day including multiple Missionary Ridge Local trips. Special exhibits and displays highlight Railfest, making it a wonderful time to visit! The price is right: Only slightly more than the standard trip rate!

Visit during Railfest and enjoy equipment not normally open for inspection, operating model railroads, entertainment, live music, moon walk, coloring pages, play tables, mini golf, petting zoo, pony rides (slight additional charge), blacksmith demonstrations, and more. Festival food vendors will be present to make sure you don't go hungry! Trains will be everywhere - both at TVRM and on the adjacent Norfolk Southern line. Plenty to see and do!

Free Railfest parking is available at TVRM’s parking lots off Hwy 153 at Jersey Pike at 4119 Cromwell Road.

Tennessee Valley Railfest is a special celebration of railroading and a great opportunity to visit the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum to see the railroad history which has been preserved over the last 56 years! Trains will be running throughout each day: Missionary Ridge Local and other special excursions. Special exhibits and displays highlight Railfest, making it a wonderful time to visit! The price is right: Only slightly more than the standard trip rate!  Visit during Railfest and enjoy equipment not normally open for inspection, operating model railroads, special exhibits, demonstrations, live music, train bounce, coloring pages, play tables, petting zoo, pony rides (slight additional charge), blacksmith demonstrations, and more. Festival food vendors will be present to make sure you don't go hungry! Trains will be everywhere - both at TVRM and on the adjacent Norfolk Southern line. Plenty to see and do! Cost is $25 per adult and $20 per child.

What is "photographer entry"? If you don't expect to ride any trains but want to attend Railfest for the experience and/or to take photos, this lower-cost option may be for you. This pass is available for $10 per person (even includes Saturday night photo session!)

FESTIVAL TRAIN SCHEDULE:

Throughout each day, Missionary Ridge Local trains will operate on a convenient, frequent schedule. The Local runs from Grand Junction through Missionary Ridge Tunnel to East Chattanooga and return.  Railfest ticket holders can ride these trains on an unlimited basis as space allows. Steam locomotives #630 and #4501 are expected to rotate in service on Missionary Ridge Local trains, with the possibility of several types of diesel participating...some of which might be a surprise!

Daily Missionary Ridge Local Schedule:

  • 9:30 departure (Saturday only)
  • 10:40 departure
  • 12:05 departure
  • 1:15 departure
  • 2:25 departure
  • 3:35 departure

Dinner on the Diner:

 

An evening Dinner on the Diner train will run on Saturday, departing at 7 pm for a two-hour dining experience from the "Golden Age of Railroading."

 


CHICKAMAUGA EXCURSION TRAIN:

A Railfest version of the Chickamauga Turn excursion train will operate on Saturday to historic Chickamauga, Georgia and return.  Check into upgraded tickets which include the dining car luncheon!  The expected motive power for this trip is Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway GP38 #80, the "John A. Chambliss".

Just interested in buying tickets for the Chickamauga excursion?  Click below for a link.  Your Chickamauga excursion ticket includes Railfest admission!

 

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:

Saturday Entertainment: 

Sunday Entertainment: 

Mike Edwards will entertain children each day with "balloon twisting" animals and more!


SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:

 

Highlighted this year will be locomotives from the Southern Railway (part of today's Norfolk Southern.)  In addition to our two classic steam locomotives #630 & #4501 which will be in operation, a special "diesel lineup" will be displayed for photographs.  These handsome locomotives are resplendent in their "tuxedo" paint scheme of black with a silver stripe (actually Imitation Aluminum): SD40 #3170, GP30 #2594, and our most recent acquisition, GP38-2 #5000.  Several other locomotives will be on display as well.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:

Operating model railroads and exhibits will be presented by Chattanooga Model Area Model Railroad Club, Coosa Valley Model Railroad Association, Georgia Garden Railway Society, Chattanooga Modular Modelers, Tennessee Valley Lego Club, Tennessee/Alabama/Georgia Model Railroad, and the Chattanooga Society of Model Engineers.  An old-fashioned “pump car” will be attending courtesy of TVRM member Mark Fuhrman.  There will be coloring pages, play tables, blacksmith demonstrations, bounce house, petting zoo, pony rides*, and more.  Holes to Go will provide a fun miniature golf course, and Mr. Adams Handcars* will be on hand for kid-powered crank car rides.  Representatives from Operation Lifesaver will be in attendance to discuss safety of modern railroading with visitors. Local artists Frank Crowe and Jim Jordan will display and sell their railroad-related artwork.   *slight additional charge


MORE ACTIVITIES:

  • Extended shop tours (approx. 1 hour) are available of Soule Shops at East Chattanooga as an "add-on" to your Railfest ticket. These passholders will travel to East Chattanooga on a Missionary Ridge Local train and layover for their tour before riding back to Grand Junction on the following train.
  • The first and last move of the day will be "double-headed" steam as #630 and #4501 run together making positioning moves.
  • A "locomotive parade" is planned to close out the festival on Sunday afternoon.

SPECIAL EVENT:

Join TVRM for our inaugural Rail Baron's Bash to kick off Railfest on Friday evening!

This wonderful fundraising event includes drinks, hors-d'oeuvres, and live jazz music beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner train at 7:30 p.m. You will also be able to take a sneak peek tour of the amazing "Railroad Timekeeping" watch and clock exhibit at Grand Junction Depot and a behind-the-scenes tour of Office Car 98 (the Eden Isle). There will be entertainment on board the dinner train and also a special prize giveaway!

Your tickets will include two drink tickets, a seat on the dinner train, and a pass to Railfest.  All event proceeds will go toward the restoration of Car 98, which turns 100 years old this year.

You will not want to miss this special evening! It is the first event of its kind at our museum!

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We hope to see you at Railfest!

 

Food will be available at the festival from TVRM's own Depot Deli (see menu) and vendors Pizza Hut and Summer Snow shaved ice. 

TVRM thanks our Railfest sponsors: Norfolk Southern, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Coca-Cola and Pizza Hut.

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.