Climb aboard! The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum was founded in 1961 as a 501(c)3, non-profit educational corporation. Every ticket sold is a fundraiser toward keeping historic railroading alive. TVRM thrives on three major sources of funding: ticket sales, memberships, and financial donations. You can support railroad preservation by purchasing a ticket and riding a train. Memberships are available for those who wish to support TVRM on a regular basis, or become interested in volunteering. All donations to TVRM are tax deductible and will be used to further our mission. Please keep TVRM in mind when planning your charitable giving.
Becoming a TVRM volunteer has a wealth of privileges. You get to ride Missionary Ridge Local trains at no charge* and bring non-member guests along at the discounted group rate. You'll also receive notice of excursions and special events. You can even help out with restoration work on vintage equipment including coaches and steam or diesel locomotives.
Other privileges include:
- Subscription to our quarterly Smoke & Cinders newsletter
- 10% Discount at the Grand Junction gift shop
- The satisfaction of helping to preserve railroad history
You must be a member of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum to volunteer**.
* Must present membership card to depot agent; space available basis. Some blackout dates apply.
** Train service personnel (not including car hosts or other non-train controlling positions) before beginning the training process, must be at least 18 years of age, a member in good standing, undergo pre-employment drug screening, a background check, FRA electronic device training, introductory rules training including operation of switches and derails, and complete 40 hours minimum of observation time. This observation time is designed so that you may observe the full operation of the train and adequately judge your own interest and physical ability before entering the program as a brakeman trainee.