October; Another Busy Month!

October 2, 2013



October will be another busy month at TVRM.  We are gearing up with Summerville Steam Specials every weekend to Summerville, Georgia,  Missionary Ridge Local trains running daily Tuesdays through Sundays, and a plethora of Hiwassee River Rail Adventure trains running many dates during the month. Additionally, Halloween Eerie Express & Fun House trains depart on Friday & Saturday evenings, Oct 11 thru Oct 26.  Also, our friends at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX will be debuting Rocky Mountain Express at their theater...and TVRM is an official sponsor! Planning ahead for November, North Pole Limited trips begin on select nights, and 21st Century Steam trips from Chattanooga to Attalla and Oneida. plus Knoxville to Asheville will run on Nov 9, 10, 16 & 17.  Get your tickets now!



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Get Ready for a Busy September!

August 2013



September will be an extremely busy month at TVRM.  That means there are plenty of train ride options!  First and foremost, RAILFEST will be held on September 7 & 8 with all kinds of special exhibits, displays, and train rides, including main line excursions to Cleveland.  But that's not all: Missionary Ridge Local trains run daily Wednesdays through Sundays (plus Labor Day Monday), Chickamauga Turn service runs on Saturdays Sept 14 & 28, Hiwassee River Rail Adventure trains run on Saturdays (and Sunday Sept 1), Dinner on the Diner Trains run on Saturday evenings (Sept 14 & 28), Chickamauga Civil War Special trains run to the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga (live reenactment) on Saturday & Sunday Sept 21 & 22, and 21st Century Steam trips out of Birmingham, Alabama to Parrish and Wilton on Sept 14 & 15 as the Steel City Rail Adventure.  


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Here Comes THOMAS!

April 2013


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Day Out With Thomas returns to TVRM over three exciting weekends including April 27 & 28 and May 4, 5 & 11.  See more information HERE and a direct link to ticket ordering HERE




21st Century Steam! in the Spring

February 4, 2013




Norfolk Southern announced excursions for their 21st Century Steam program today.  Trips will originate in Chattanooga, Bristol, Roanoke, Norfolk, Spencer and Asheville.  See more information here



2013: An Exciting Year of Railroading!

 January 16, 2013



Wow, is it 2013 already?   The New Years Eve Dinner Train ran on December 31, so it must be!  TVRM is gearing up for an eventful Year 2013 (our 52nd Anniversary): The annual calendar is posted, Missionary Ridge Local trains are running every Saturday in January & February (schedule expands in March), Valentine Dinner Trains are planned over several evenings in February, Day Out With Thomas tickets are on sale for the April/May event Apr 27, 28 and May 4, 5 & 11), Summer Camp registration is open for June sessions, and more announcements are coming soon!  Click on any of the links below for more information.  And don't miss the special video link!


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Don't Miss: North Pole Limited trains and Christmas Dinner Trains

November 28, 2012


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The popular North Pole Limited trips are underway for 2012...our 14th annual event!  Most of the Friday & Saturday runs at 5:45 & 7:30 have been sold out for quite some time.  Please pick from the 9:15 departures or select another day.  There are plenty of dates to choose. For more information and ticket ordering, click HERE.


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A unique opportunity to dine by rail!  Christmas Dinner Trains run on Saturday evenings in December.  For more information and ticket ordering, click HERE.  The New Years Eve Dinner Train information can be found HERE.




Exciting mainline steam trips announced for November 10 & 11

October 8, 2012




Special steam excursions will be offered out of Chattanooga on Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11 as part of Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam program.  These are "rare mileage" trips and an opportunity which may not be repeated.  It is the first time that main line steam excursions have been available along these routes since 1994.  Standard coach, First Class coach,  and Observation Car seating is available. For more information and ticket ordering, click HERE.



Halloweeen Eerie Express & Fun House ~ Non-scary fun for the family!

October 7, 2012


Join us for the annual "Eerie Express" trains with a quirky visit to our exclusive 2,000 square foot 'old time' Fun House!



Birmingham steam excursion tickets still available

September 16, 2012


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Special steam excursions will be offered in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23 as part of Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam program.  Morning roundtrips each day travel to Parrish, while afternoon trips travel to Wilton.  These are "rare mileage" trips and an opportunity which may not be repeated.  It is the first time that mainline steam excursions have been available in Birmingham since 1994.  For more information and ticket ordering, click HERE.


TVRM featured in music video

September 15, 2012


Country singer Eric Church recently filmed the music video for his song Creepin' at TVRM. Catch several glimpses of steam locomotive #630, East Chattanooga Depot, Missionary Ridge Tunnel, and various trains.



Tickets!  Get your Tickets!

August 7, 2012


Tickets are now available for a number of upcoming events that you won't want to miss!  RAILFEST* will take place over Labor Day weekend.  Halloween Eerie Express & Fun House is right around the corner, Summerville Steam Specials are scheduled, and even our popular North Pole Limited tickets have been on sale for quite some time!  And of course don't forget about scenic Hiwassee River Rail Adventure trips which operate frequently through the Hiwassee River Gorge out of Etowah, Tennessee.

*Note that during RAILFEST, steam locomotive #630 will be heading mainline excursions to Cleveland over the Norfolk Southern line toward Knoxville.


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21st Century Steam! -- Tickets still available from Roanoke on July 7

June 28, 2012



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To order tickets CLICK HERE




May 25, 2012

21stCentury Steam excursion train trips scheduled for June in North Carolina and Virginia

NORFOLK, VA. and CHATTANOOGA, TN. – If you have been waiting to ride a train behind a century-old steam locomotive, here is your chance.

As part of the 21st Century Steam program of Norfolk Southern and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, a number of excursions are being offered in June in North Carolina and Virginia behind steam locomotive 630.

June 16-17, Spencer to Barber, N.C,, and return

· Host: North Carolina Transportation Museum

· Train departs from Museum: 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. each day

· Route: Norfolk Southern “S-Line” between Spencer and Barber, 24-mile round trip

· Power: steam locomotive 630 only (no diesels assisting)

· Equipment: air-conditioned coaches with reclining seats and large picture windows

· Fare: $35 adults, $25 children ages 3-12. Kids ages 2 and under not occupying seats do not require tickets.

June 23, Spencer to Winston-Salem, N.C., one way (bus return)

· Train departs North Carolina Transportation Museum: 10 a.m.

· Train arrives Winston-Salem: 2 p.m.

· Bus arrives North Carolina Transportation Museum: 3 p.m.

· Route: Norfolk Southern main line Spencer-Greensboro; NS“K-Line” Greensboro-Winston-Salem

· Power: steam locomotive 630 with diesels assisting

· Equipment: air-conditioned coaches

· Fare: $80. Includes box lunch and bus return to North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer.

June 24, Winston-Salem, N.C., to Roanoke, Va., one way (with bus connections from Roanoke and to Winston Salem)

· Train departs Winston-Salem: 10 a.m.

· Train arrives Roanoke: 3:30 p.m.

· Route: Norfolk Southern “Punkinvine” line, Winston-Salem-Roanoke

· Power: steam locomotive 630 with diesels assisting

· Equipment: air-conditioned coaches

· Fare: $95. Includes box lunch and bus transportation. For Roanoke-originating passengers, bus will depart Roanoke 7 am; for Winston-Salem-originating passengers, bus will depart Roanoke within a half hour of train’s arrival in Roanoke.

Tickets for all trips are available through the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s website at www.tvrail.com.

Additional one-way excursions are planned in July and September. Keep checking TVRM’s website or call 423-894-8028 for the latest information.

Southern Railway 630, the steam locomotive featured on these trains, is a Consolidation-type locomotive built in 1904 at the Richmond, Va., works of the American Locomotive Company. Number 630 pulled freight trains during the first half of the last century, mostly in North Carolina, and in the 1970s and ‘80s traveled extensively in excursion service throughout the Southeast. Small of size but big in character, this locomotive underwent an exhaustive ten-year rehabilitation at TVRM’s Soule Shops complex in East Chattanooga before returning to service in 2011.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum was founded in 1961 in Chattanooga to create an interpretive operating museum of historic equipment and artifacts in an authentic setting. Today it operates an extensive schedule of historic and scenic trains in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, supported by its East Chattanooga locomotive and shop complex. TVRM is the largest operating historical excursion railroad in the Southeast.

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port

in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.

21stCentury Steam is a partnership between Norfolk Southern and TVRM to operate steam-powered excursions throughout the territory Norfolk Southern serves.



Is it Spring or Summer?

May 1, 2012


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Things are heating up at TVRM. Our first weekend of "Day Out With Thomas" was a great success...and quite a bit of ice cream was consumed! There are still two more weekends, so get your tickets now and don't miss out! More information is available HERE. And for now, enjoy these photos from the first weekend:

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TVRM will again feature a Railroad Summer Camp this year. The formerly announced Camp week in June has sold out, and now a second week has been added! The new session will be held on July 9-14. Sign up now while it is still available. First come, first served! Call 894-8028, extension 13 to make a reservation for your young railroader. More info HERE.



Maybe it is time to take an excursion through the Scenic Hiwassee River Gorge? Trains run every Saturday from Etowah! See more info HERE




Spring has "Sprung" at TVRM!

March 27, 2012


A special commemoration will be held over the weekend of April 14 & 15 to mark the 150th Anniversary of a Civil War event called the Andrews Raid (more commonly known as The Great Locomotive Chase.) Click HERE for more infomation.



Tickets are still available for some of the best times/days of TVRM's "Day Out With Thomas" event which will be held April 28 & 29 and May 5, 6 & 12. As an added bonus, you can use discount code DOWT4SUN when ordering tickets for Sundays April 29 or May 6. Be sure to get them while they're still out there. For more information and ticket ordering, click HERE.

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Additional Valentine Dinner Trains added!

February 2, 2012



Due to demand, a second departure of Valentine Special Dinner Trains has just been added on the evenings of February 11 & 14, departing at 8:00 for a two-hour excursion featuring a dining experience from days gone by.



Missionary Ridge Local trains are running on Saturdays in February! This week, the schedule expands with departures at 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35.



Here is a quick update from TVRM's Soule Shops ~ Restoration continues on Southern Railway 2-8-2 #4501, currently focusing on the firebox. This is a major undertaking as most of the firebox is being replaced. The following photos were taken last week giving an idea of the breadth of ongoing work.





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Day Out With Thomas tickets now on sale for April 28, 29 and May 5, 6 & 12!

January 19, 2012


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Get your tickets now for the popular "Day Out With Thomas" event! This year will feature a total of three consecutive Saturdays and two Sundays; April 28 & 29 and May 5, 6 & 12. Don't miss out on seeing Thomas the Tank Engine!



Missionary Ridge Local trains are running on Saturdays in January & February! January departures are 10:40 & 12:05, while in February they expand to 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35.




Valentine Dinner Trains are planned for the evenings of February


"Countdown to Christmas" at TVRM!

December 15, 2011


Tonight the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum begins an eight-night "marathon' of North Pole Limited holiday runs through December 22. Many dates/times have been sold out for months, but tickets are still available for some trains, especially the 9:15pm departures. See ticketing options HERE --- ignore the "CCC" listings as these are for exclusive use by the Chattanooga Choo Choo and their overnight "North Pole Limited Adventure" packages. Select from the trips shown before it is too late!

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Christmas Dinner Trains have been sold out, but new for 2011 is a New Year's Eve Dinner train on December 31! See information HERE. This is a unique way to have a nostalgic dinner before attending a New Year's celebration! All aboard...for 2012!





Norfolk Southern announces 21st Century Steam trip on November 14

November 4, 2011


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Today, Norfolk Southern announced a 21st Century Steam excursion on Monday, November 14, from Knoxville to Chattanooga. See more information HERE


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Autumn Offerings Galore at TVRM!

October 19, 2011


  • Halloween Eerie Express trips continue on Friday & Saturday evenings for the next two weekends. This is a very unique event designed for the entire family. It is NOT a haunted house, but rather a Fun House! See HEE information HERE

Here are some photos from last weekend --- We had fun! Come join us this weekend!

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  • Although most Summerville Steam Special excursion tickets have been sold out for October, an additional trip has been added for Sunday, November 6. Get your tickets while they last! See SSS information HERE


  • Beginning on Friday, October 21, Hiwassee River Rail Adventure trips out of Etowah, TN will be running DAILY through Sunday, October 30. This is an excellent time to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Hiwassee River Gorge and Cherokee National Forest! See HRRA information HERE



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