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Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR)

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Address: 4119 Cromwell Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone Number: 423-894-8028
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Activities: Group tours/train
Description: One of the largest operating historic railroads in the United States...
One of the largest operating historic railroads in the United States offers scenic trips through the Tennessee countryside.
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History and shoestrings

The museum is located just a few miles off the interstate. $17 may seem a bit steep for a 'local' train ride plus brief tour, but the TVRM 'staff' that maintains and refurbs the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Mikey865
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Dahlonega, Georgia
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Dahlonega, Georgia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The museum is located just a few miles off the interstate. $17 may seem a bit steep for a 'local' train ride plus brief tour, but the TVRM 'staff' that maintains and refurbs the trains is mostly volunteers, plus it is not cheap to pay for the refurbs, fuel, etc. Staff was friendly, property was clean. Their website DOES allow... More 

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Gainesville,Ga.
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88 reviews 88 reviews
47 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A little history of the era gone by. Take a ride on an old diesel engine on one of the old lines in the Chattanooga area. You'll stop by the maintenance building where you can see restoration work being done on older Steam engines and passenger cars. See the engine turn around on an old turn table. This is an... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Unless you have a large group you cannot purchase tickets in advance and for some reason they do not have the ability to sell for the next train until the current train departs. Beware of the "waiting list" that is several scraps of paper with names scratched on them. We failed to get on this list because it was "full."... More 

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Florida,USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The real Chattanooga "Choo-Choo". Not a steam locomotive at this time but a real possibility in the future. If you love trains, this is the place for you. From the time you enter the parking lot, you are emerged in train history. From freight cars to Pulman cars, you can poke around all kinds of train memorabilia. When you leave... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Knowing that I would be driving 4 hours between Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN I was searching for something that would break up the miles on the Interstate. I came across the Tennessee Valley Railroad while searching online and was intrigued by the idea of taking a ride on a train that boasted a vintage diesel engine and passenger cars.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

There is an extensive static collection of passenger and freight cars you can explore before riding the train. The train ride is about six miles roundtrip which is kind of short for $17 per adult but a highlight is when they turn the locomotive around on the turntable for the return trip. The maintenance shops are impressive.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Very great to learn about the history and restoration process of the history of trains. I wouldn't mind if it was a little bit better but it was ok for the first time. I would do it again if I had too. Really liked the train ride very interesting.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My son is a little obsessed with trains. We live, breathe, eat trains. It's an obsession encourage. 😉 When we saw this we knew we had to go so he could ride a train. The highlight of his trip! There are a lot of old vintage trains to look at and get on. We even got to be pulled by... More 

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The museum was just plain interesting! There was no shortage of questions being asked and answered appropriately. We observed several families with small children. It was delightful watching them discover rail travel. It was heartwarming to hear some of the older passengers tell about that adventures when they were young. The conductors helped us get outside photo shots. The tour... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

if you like trains and engines this is a must see trip, reasonably priced and quite popular with lovingly restored engines.

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