The Hiwassee Loop train ride is a 50-mile roundtrip through the beautiful lower Hiwassee River gorge. This 5-hour trip takes you to the top of the famous Hiwassee Loop, where you can enjoy stunning views of the river below.
- Adult Ages 13+
- Child Ages 2 - 12
- Infant Under 2
Includes all-day entrance to the property and exhibits on the property. Does not include a train ride.
Admission is included with a Train Ticket. Do not buy if you have already purchased a train ride.
Includes access to the grounds and access to the new exhibit building on Turntable Dr.
The special exhibits will be located in TVRM’s new exhibit building and include “TVRM’s First 60 Years,” a Railroad Post Office car display, and two exhibits by sponsor Scale Trains. This is the first use for this important addition to the TVRM Cromwell Road Campus.
By the post-WWII period, the experience of steam railroading in the heyday of the 1920s through the 1940s was slowly fading as diesels replaced aging steam locomotives, soon to disappear from the American landscape and memory. In the 1950s, rail enthusiasts Bob Soule and Paul Merriman met near Citico yard in Chattanooga, sharing mutual interest on the remaining use of steam locomotives in main line and short line service. The ultimate goal was to establish a museum facility to preserve the experience and impact of steam in the region with functional artifacts and equipment. Following a successful charter excursion via the L&N railroad to Tracy City, known as the “Mountain Goat Special,” Merriman, Soule, and others formed what would become the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in August 1961, combining railroad experience, passion for artifacts and historic steam equipment, and a drive to educate future generations.