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Missionary Ridge Local

The Missionary Ridge Local tag at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum highlights one of the most popular and historically significant train rides offered by the museum. This scenic route takes passengers on a nostalgic journey through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel, constructed in 1858, and showcases the industrial heritage of the Tennessee Valley region. The blog posts under this tag provide insights into the history of the route, the restoration of the trains that traverse it, and the unique experiences available to visitors, such as themed excursions and educational tours. Whether you’re a train enthusiast, a history buff, or simply curious about local attractions, the Missionary Ridge Local at TVRM offers an engaging and enriching experience. Explore the posts to learn more about this remarkable railway adventure.

Honor Veterans at TVRM This Weekend

Honor Veterans at TVRM This Weekend This weekend, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is proud to pay tribute to the valiant service men and women who have served our country. In a heartfelt salute to our veterans, we’re not just reminiscing about the past; we’re actively continuing a longstanding tradition where railroads play a crucial…

Last Weekend of Halloween Eerie Express: Book Now!

All Aboard the Halloween Eerie Express: October’s Finale on Rails! October has always been synonymous with pumpkin patches, chilly breezes, and the onset of festivities. But, for train enthusiasts and families alike, it means one thing – the much-anticipated Halloween Eerie Express! As the final weekend of October arrives, so do the last days of…

Ride East Tennessee’s Autumn Rails

Chasing Autumn Aboard East Tennessee’s Iconic Trains Autumn is a magical time in East Tennessee. As the leaves begin to turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, the region becomes a picturesque landscape, inviting visitors and locals alike to indulge in the wonders of the season. And what better way to immerse oneself in…

October Train Rides at Tennessee Valley Railroad

October’s Train Adventures in Tennessee October has officially made its grand entrance, bringing with it the crisp, cool air that heralds the onset of fall. As the leaves begin to change and the world takes on a golden hue, there’s no better time to embark on a scenic train journey. And if you’re in Tennessee,…

Founder’s Day Train Extravaganza: A Day of Vintage Rides & Memories 🚂🎉

Saturday, September 9: Founder’s Day is here Founder’s Day is here – with as many train options as possible – running a double schedule of the Missionary Ridge Local alternating 4501 and 630, special double headed 5pm Missionary Ridge Local, Evening Ridge Runner featuring live music and beverage upgrade, nighttime photo shoot and The Homefront…

All Aboard for Labor Day Weekend in Chattanooga!

Celebrate the long weekend in style! In Chattanooga, the Missionary Ridge Local is prepped and ready to roll, showcasing the magnificent 119-year-old steam engine, #630. Join us for the Evening Ridge Runner available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, departing precisely at 7:00 pm. Allow the rhythmic chugging of the train and the scenic beauty to…

Cool Off This Weekend with a Unique Steam Train Experience and Custom Ice Cream Flavors!

The mercury’s set to soar this weekend, but don’t let that deter you from planning an exciting day out! We’ve got just the right antidote to the heat – a deliciously cool treat paired with an unforgettable train journey. Specialty Ice Cream Flavors aboard the Missionary Ridge Local Taking a cue from the old-world charm…

Founder’s Day – September 9, 2023

Come out and join us as we celebrate 62+ years of railroad preservation! Special Events throughout the day: Special Photo Exhibit in the lobby of Grand Junction Depot: “Steam in the Valley, TVRM’s Early Years” by John Coniglio On the grounds “history interpretation” will represent Military encampment and demonstrations. Also on display – a few…

Throwback Thursday: Iconic Locomotive 4501 to Ride Again with Historically Sourced Tender: Discover the Story Behind the Engine

Many visitors are familiar with the museum’s flagship locomotive 4501, and although it continues in operation at TVRM much as it did in the 1930s, the tender behind it was not always behind 4501. This ‘new’ tender was sourced to carry additional coal and water, in the Southern excursion era, after it was discovered on…

Embark on a Historical Journey with the Missionary Ridge Local: A Relaxing Escape Through Chattanooga’s Past Aboard the 119-Year-Old Steam Star Number 630

Need a little escape from a hectic August? We have just the ride – – – The Missionary Ridge Local – at just over an hour it is the perfect way to sit back and relax while riding into the history of the Chattanooga area. Crossing four bridges, passing through a pre-civil War era tunnel,…