Chattanooga Now Railfest opens Thursday

Chattanooga Now Railfest opens Thursday

August 26th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout

The Tennessee Valley Railroad begins Railfest, its 50th anniversary celebration, Thursday with a banquet featuring Railroad Age's Railroader of the Year.

The honoree, Charles W. "Wick" Moorman, is the chairman, president and CEO of Norfolk Southern. The banquet begins at 6:45 p.m. at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. A reception with cash bar starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35.

Reservations are being accepted for a night photo session Sept. 2 at the East Chattanooga Station. Tickets are $25. Participation is limited to 100.

Other events include rail excursions (which include Railfest admission), interactive displays, Civil War re-enactments and a concert by newgrass mandolin master Sam Bush.

Ticket packages are detailed at