TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM
4119 Cromwell Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone: (423) 894-8028
Fax: (423) 894-8029
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) stands ready to provide a ride upon its rolling time machine. Started by a small group of local residents in 1961, TVRM was chartered as a non-profit, educational organization with one goal in mind: "Save our trains!" After forty-five-plus years of hard work, the railroad enthusiasts present outstanding facilities and a living, breathing link to the past. The mission was to preserve, restore and operate historic railway equipment, and TVRM delivers with a fully refurbished steam and diesel locomotives hauling carloads of satisfied passengers.
"Missionary Ridge Local" trains run daily mid-March through October and weekends in November. TVRM's main terminal is called Grand Junction Station and is easily accessible from Interstate 75 by taking Exit 4 to Highway 153, then exiting at Jersey Pike (Exit #3.) Grand Junction offers a unique railroad gift shop, Depot Delicatessen, and a historical audio-visual program. Outside can be found locomotives and passenger coaches on display, a railway exhibit car, a red caboose, and a picnic grove shaded by pine trees.
The rails used for the ride were originally placed in 1858 and include 979-foot Missionary Ridge tunnel. Southern Railway operated the line for nearly 100 years before the single-track tunnel became a bottleneck for their burgeoning freight traffic. After building a new route to bypass the tunnel, Southern turned over title of the historic line to the fledgling railroad museum for preservation. Using volunteer manpower and what little funding they could acquire, the group rebuilt the rail line and opened it to tourist service in 1971. The rest, as they say, is history. TVRM has become the largest operating historic railroad in the southeast, the Official Railroad Museum for the State of Tennessee, and "Chattanooga's Trademark Attraction."
In addition to "Missionary Ridge Local" daily train rides (slightly less than an hour), TVRM also operates extended "Dixie Land Excursions" on select weekends throughout the year and "Chickamauga Turn" trains on summer Saturdays to the Chickamauga, Georgia. Annual special events include "Day Out With Thomas," "Hiwassee River Rail Adventures," and "North Pole Limited" trains during various seasons. Hear the conductor call "All Aboard" for a family adventure in Chattanooga. More information can be tracked down on the web at www.tvrail.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to TVRM, 4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.