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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Chattanooga

Categories: Specialty Museums, Scenic Railroads, Museums, Tours
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4.1/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving steam locomotives and passenger trains. Admire the antique engines displayed in the front of the museum as you wait for the train. Hop on a 9.7 km (6 mi) tour of the surrounding area in a vintage coach pulled by a steam engine. On the dinner train tour, you can enjoy a three-course meal while chugging through urban East Chattanooga. Visit the website to check the schedule and make tour reservations. Make Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum a centerpiece of your Chattanooga vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Chattanooga itinerary builder.
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  • For a train enthusiast like my husband, the Summerville Steam Special was a real treat! The train was powered completely by the coal fired steam engine. This trip is perfect for someone who just wants...  read more »
  • Around the Christmas season the museum offers some neat train rides through the Chattanooga area. With some great dining to fill your belly as you check out the scenic views. The girlfriend and I had ...  read more »
  • Nice train ride to train yard where you can see working train yard. Very interesting to learn about our history of travel. Nice in fall as you can admire changing leaves . 
  • We visited for a Day Out with Thomas event and enjoyed the visit. They had some really cool steam engines on display which our toddler (and I...) really enjoyed seeing. I'd probably have brought a picnic lunch instead of buying one from the little cafĂ©. They did a great job hosting a good number of people that day. The museum did not seem terribly extensive, so we likely would only return for another DOwT event.
  • Great collection of train cars and museum. They have a really great gift shop too, not to be missed. I recommend the riding tours as well, very scenic - and if you ride without air conditioning, very authentic as well! My only complaint is that the rides are very expensive. I don't know if that is necessary for maintenance and operation costs, I would assume so. But they need discounted times and coupon codes.
  • As a family of steam enthusiasts, we especially enjoyed our visit to the train yard and conversation with one of the engineers in the yard. Exhilarating train ride, delicious deli lunch and highly educational tour with super enthusiastic tour guides, conductors and other staff. You all do a great job, and we had a high value experience. Thank you!
  • Riding on a real steam train was awesome! I've grown up with a minor fascination with trains thanks to my father, and to actually be able to ride an old steam train was a lot of fun. The ride was just long enough to be fun and get your money's worth, without becoming too boring for littler kiddos. At the end, you get to watch the train being turned around on a real train turn-table, which is pretty cool. The guides are all very knowledgeable about the different trains in the museum and facts about the local train scene.
  • Really didn't enjoy this place. The conductor was saying something over the speakers however it wasn't clear. Also the employees are rude. I won't go here again unless they upgrade a few things. Not worth it.
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