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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Chattanooga

(4.1/5 based on 800+ 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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  • This is really a wondereful thing to do with kids especially if your children are into trains. Little like this anywhere in the U.S. 
  • We took my elderly parents here and even they were bored! The train went in the woods, down a little ways very slowly, then backed back to the station. We couldn't see any sights! My parents visited f...  more »
  • This was super fun and cozy. Lots of details. Conductor and commentator wore uniforms from 1940s era style. Train ride was informative, local, 2 quick trips, one to a service yard, walk around looking...  more »
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  • September 11 2016 my son and I visited Railfest. The staff was wonderful to us and showed us a great time. We arrived at 10:20am and was finished with all the available activities at 4:45pm. We will become members because this is a great organization. The passion for history that the tour guides had made me appreciate the old steam trains even more than I did. Thank you. Loved riding and watching Southern 630.
  • This was our second trip on the Tennessee Valley Railroad. Last year we did the Hiwassee Loop. We loved it so much, we decided to take the Copperhill run this time. We were a little disappointed... but I'm sure it's something they may want to consider next time this happens. It appears that the people sitting in the Dome area had to be moved, due to AC going out. We had marked our seat (since you change sides) with a bag and a jacket, when we went into town. Upon returning, our things had been moved and people from the Dome were in our seat. I was not very happy, but since I had almost reserved the Dome area, I put myself in their place. BUUUUT, I don't think it's very fair. They refused to move, and we heard them bragging later that they were reimbursed for their trip. Well, that kinda sucks. WE didn't get the ride we were promised because of the AC going out, and then they got reimbursed?? AND they were in our seat, moved our belongings and then bragged and smirked about being reimbursed. I think the fair thing would have been to allow us (the ones that were NOT getting a refund) to board the train first, and let the ones that were getting their money back fill in after. As much as I loved the excursion, I am upset that the Etowah staff didn't handle things better. Will I do the trip again?? We had talked about taking one of the other rides... or doing Copperhill again... it was beautiful, so probably so. I just think that things could have been handled better. Last year, on our Hiwassee Loop run, our AC went out (and it was July), and we didn't get offered a refund. The conductors talk about declining funds for the railway to operate.... this could be a reason.
  • While my 2 year old thoroughly enjoyed the ride, I am upset that he was charged $11 when the website clearly says it is free to ride until 3. They asked my husband if our son had had his 2nd birthday. When he said yes, they charged him. I called to complain and get a refund, but not only was the woman on the phone rude, when she transferred me to leave a message for (Brent/Brett??), despite leaving a detailed message with contact info, I was never even called back. While the $11 won't break our bank acct, for some people it might make it cost prohibitive, esp when the adult ticket is $17...and all for an hour's trip. Being inappropriately charged and not refunded leaves a bad taste in our mouths for what should have been a fun event.
  • 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!
  • 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.