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Chattanooga: Tennessee Valley Railroad Train Ride

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Chattanooga: Tennessee Valley Railroad Train Ride

From US$ 22 per person

Embark on a historic 6-mile locomotive ride through the Tennessee Valley and learn about the local history and railroad industry from your onboard tour guide along the way.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 55 minutes
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  • Take in panoramic views of the Tennessee Valley from the rail car
  • Pass through a pre-Civil War tunnel, completed in 1858
  • See a demonstration of the turntable as it turns the locomotive around for the return trip
Full description

Enjoy a fun train ride aboard the historic rail car and learn interesting tidbits about the local history from your knowledgeable guide as you take in stunning views of the Tennessee Valley. View the locomotive rotating on a turntable for re-boarding the train for the return trip.  Missionary Ridge Local trips begin at the Grand Junction depot and take passengers along one of the original railroad lines into Chattanooga, crossing bridges and diving through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel before arriving at the other side of the museum: East Chattanooga.  The train stops at East Chattanooga, allowing riders off the train to watch the locomotive rotating on a turntable and participate in a tour of the railroad restoration shop before re-boarding for the return trip.

Round trip time is slightly less than one hour - a great introductory train ride for kids.

  • 6-mile round trip train ride
  • Professional tour guide
  • Turntable demonstration
  • Restoration facility tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Historic rail cars and stations were built before the advent of accommodations for individuals with special needs. Our passenger cars and Summerville station were not designed to safely accommodate wheelchairs. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recognizes the limitations of such historic rail equipment and expressly exempts trains and stations of this type from accessibility requirements. Though we cannot accommodate wheelchair use or access within our historical passenger cars, all persons who are able to board the train themselves and occupy a standard passenger seat are welcomed and encouraged to ride.
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4.5 /5

based on 47 reviews

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