Ride a variety of train lines from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and experience a time gone by.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is all about train cars and steam engines. You can also take a journey and experience an era when traveling by train was the fastest way to travel. The train station has a ticket booth and passenger waiting area with benches. There is a museum, a gift shop, and a mini-golf course for kids on site. The train yard offers views of different locomotives and old equipment being refurbished. The 630 was a restoration project that took 10 years, so it is a sight to see.
It is a different experience traveling via steam engine train car, making it a fun treat for most people. Some of the trips offered here include Missionary Ridge Local which is a short ride that takes about an hour round trip. The Sun on the Rails Summer Fun ride is scheduled through September each year. The dinner train is a 2-hour ride with dinner on board, and the food is marvelous! If you're looking for a longer trip, book the Chickamauga Turn. It takes 6 hours round trip and goes through the historic Civil War town of Chickamauga, Georgia. The Hiwassee Loop is a 50-mile round trip through the Hiwassee River Gorge and takes about 4 hours. The longest trip offered is an 8 1/2 hour ride called the Copperhill Special.
Besides these regular trips, you can also book a trip on one of the following trains The Valentine Dinner Train, Thomas Day, and The North Pole. The North Pole ride has hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, a bell, and a special Christmas ornament for their guests. No matter which you choose, you will want to come back for more. The conductor will punch your ticket and tell you about the history of the trains and the area. The views out the windows are different with each season, so consider coming anytime you're in the Southern United States. The museum is open daily, except Mondays from 9 am - 3:30 pm.