Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd/Visitors to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Founders Day on Saturday can ride the double-steam engine, led by engines 630 and 4501, which trade off lead positions every other trip.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is celebrating Founders Day this weekend with two days of special events.

On Friday, Sept. 6, a special dinner train ride is scheduled to inaugurate the newest dining car, Cross Keys Tavern, into service.

The $90 ticket includes a ribbon cutting at 5:15 p.m., boarding the car at 5:45 for a champagne toast before the train departs at 6 p.m. and a daypass for Saturday's events. The Cross Keys Tavern dinner will include three courses.

Founders Day opens at 9 a.m. Saturday at Grand Junction Station, 4119 Cromwell Road. Visitors will be offered the rare opportunity to purchase cab rides in both engines of the special double-steam engine, Missionary Ridge Local. Steam engines 4501 and 630 will trade out lead positions every other trip throughout the day.

The Missionary Ridge Local will depart at 9:30 and 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. The train ride includes turn-table demonstration as well as a tour of TVRM's restoration facility Soule Shops.

The Lawmen will entertain visitors. Equipment not normally open to the public will be on display. Also included in the events will be guided tours of equipment throughout the display yard at Grand Junction.

A $25 day pass allows patrons to ride any and all Missionary Ridge Local rides on Saturday. Single trips are $18 for adults and $12 for children.

For those only wishing to view events, there is a $5 Grounds Pass.

For more information: or call 423-894-8028.

— Compiled by staff writer Susan Pierce


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