Summerville Steam Special (Autumn Leaf Specials)
These vintage trains follows a historic route from Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga to Summerville, Georgia; crossing the state line in Rossville, traveling past Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and through Chickamauga, Rock Spring, LaFayette, Trion, and into Summerville. Departure for the all day trip is 9:00am with return approximately 6:00pm.
For the autumn trips, fall colors are usually a highlight outside the train, while a dining car luncheon, complete with chinaware, is served inside dining car Travelers Fare. During the approximate 1-1/2 hour layover in Summerville, passengers will be able to explore the town and adjacent Dowdy Park with its historic turntable. The locomotive will be rotated on the turntable, serviced and watered for its return trip to Chattanooga.
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 25 & 31 and November 1, 7 & 14 (2015)
Ride the 48th annual series of Autumn Leaf Special trips for 2015 and experience a travel experience straight from the “Golden Age of American Railroading.”
It is expected that steam locomotive #4501 will be powering the 2015 specials, although #630 will substitute if needed. For one special trip on November 14, both locomotives #630 and #4501 will pull the trip as a "doubleheader"!
Coach is standard seating with comfortable reclining seats and large picture windows. Added for many dates will be adjustable window car #1000. Pullman Car Clover Colony has a limited number of seats for semi-private and private seating. The Section areas are semi-private with two upholstered bench seats facing one another and a partial dividing wall behind the seats. Each Section has a double window on that side of the train plus the passengers can see out the other side as well since there is no dividing wall on the aisle.
Compartments are completely private with a door separating the bedroom area from the aisle. There is a upholstered bench seat with enough room to comfortably seat two passengers with one standard window on one side of the train. Note that Pullman seating is extremely limited and may already be sold out on some trips. Please call our office for further information if interested. For more about Clover Colony seating please click here.
NEW: Upgrade to Premium Observation class seating in former Seaboard round-end tail car #6604. This car features booth lounge seating in the front and 180-degree window viewing in the back. The car will travel on the rear of the train in one direction of travel. Riders in the Premium Observation Car will enjoy a dining car luncheon and unlimited snacks & soft drinks included in the price. Below are photos of Observation Coach #6604:
Please note that smoking, alcoholic beverages, and pets are NOT allowed on any train. All sales are final within three weeks of the trip. Thanks for your cooperation.