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Steam Engine

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers a nostalgic step back in time with its majestic Steam Engine experiences. Visitors can relive the golden age of steam railroading by embarking on a journey aboard authentically restored steam locomotives. The rhythmic chug of the engine and the plume of steam rising into the air evoke memories of a bygone era, while the scenic routes provide an unmatched view of Tennessee’s natural beauty.

A ride on the Steam Engine is more than mere transportation; it’s a living history lesson, accessible to train enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. Expert guides narrate the trips, sharing intriguing stories and insights into the mechanical marvels and the rich railroad heritage of the region. Whether through the Summerville Steam Special or on the weekend Missionary Ridge Local, the Steam Engine rides at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum create lasting memories, bridging the past and present in a unique and enchanting way.

Summeville Steam Special: Chattanooga to Summerville

Iconic Summerville Steam Special is back! On a balmy September Saturday in Summerville, the town’s signature Cook-Off brought together chili specialists with an array of autumn flavors. As residents served up their chili and stews, the town morphed into a festive fall haven. Amidst the vibrant atmosphere, the awaited highlight was the grand arrival of…

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September 18, 2023

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…

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September 1, 2023

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…

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August 17, 2023

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,…

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August 11, 2023

Experience End-of-Summer Magic at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum!

As the sun sets on the final days of summer, immerse yourself in the enchanting world of trains at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) in Chattanooga, TN. With a rich railway heritage dating back to the 1850s, TVRM offers a unique blend of history, adventure, and scenic beauty, making it the perfect destination to…

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August 1, 2023

Historic Locomotive 4501 Returns: Join the Celebration at TVRM’s Railfest!

Breaking News! The moment railroad enthusiasts and history buffs have been waiting for is almost here. The legendary locomotive 4501 will make its public debut at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s (TVRM) Railfest on September 6 & 7, and it promises to be an unforgettable experience. 4501 will be under steam, operating at TVRM during…

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August 27, 2014