Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Chattanooga

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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. Put Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum into our Chattanooga trip itinerary maker site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • A must stop to see the history of the rail road importance of this community in the 1800's . Grand architecture of the grand station house and the multiple track alignments.  more »
  • Missionary Ridge Local is perfect length for fidgety toddlers - 20 mins there, 20 min break to walk around and see the turntable, 20 mins back. The yard at the visitor center has plenty of locomotives...  more »
  • Missionary Ridge Local trip. This is educational and fun for ALL ages! Employees and Volunteers are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Our group was all adults but there were lots of happy children ...  more »
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  • This was a really nice treat for my children and step father, alike! He loved every moment of the actual "local" trip on the train and had a great time remembering how identical the Depot there was to the depot in his little, central Alabama town, many years ago. The staff was very friendly and eager to answer any railroad questions you may have,even on a Holiday weekend! It was great to hear and see these machines in action! The only downside was the odor inside the air conditioned cars. It wasn't a really strong smell, but very noticeable. I wish there was a local that was longer than the hour, but not the 4 hour trip. Great job TVRM!
  • Went on the Hiawassee Loop trip here. The trip is over 3 hours along the river and through the mountains. The price was reasonable with the family deal and saw some amazing sights. Be sure to arrive early as track ownership requires a drive to the depot and a bus ride to board the train. This type of ride would be considered a "bucket list" experience for train lovers!
  • This place is very fun to learn about railroading history. The train ride is relaxing and smooth. Watching an 80 ton or heavier turning around is a memory in itself. Also listening to the conductor talk about the work they do is interesting. A really good place to take the family.
  • Awesome experience looking at all the old trains. Enjoyed the train ride as well. Our tour guide on the train ride that gave the presentations was superb. Definitely will be back when my friends visit later this month.
  • Love this place. Good for kids and has enough kitschy vibes to entertain adults. Local train trip takes about an hour to complete.

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