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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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One of the largest operating historic railroads in the United States offers...

One of the largest operating historic railroads in the United States offers scenic trips through the Tennessee countryside.

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Great place to spend a day

If you are looking for an exciting adventure that is out of the ordinary I recommend the TVR. We went there for the Chickamauga Turn train ride. It is a 6 hour ride and a stop in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are looking for an exciting adventure that is out of the ordinary I recommend the TVR. We went there for the Chickamauga Turn train ride. It is a 6 hour ride and a stop in Chickamauga, GA to explore and grab a bite to eat. We also stopped in the Chickamauga civil war battlefield to explore a bit.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took my two sons, 5yrs and 22 months. They thought it was cool but we were pretty bored after a couple of minutes. It's good once, but probably won't do it again. History buffs would probably love it.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Never been on a train before...Refurbished train station...Old engines and cars to view or walk through...the train ride was slow and easy, but you get the idea...the train yard was the gem..the nuts and bolts of locomotives, with a live refurb going on...great to visit for first timers, families, or those that want to reminisce... will visit again!

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Paducah, Kentucky
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of trains to climb on while we waited. He loved riding through the tunnel. I just wish the train ride was a little longer.

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Thank Julie6061
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a lot of locomotive history stored on trains at this museum. At various times of the year they usually have Thomas the train adventures and rides for children with Thomas as the locomotive on a live train, Polar express in December, etc

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Oxford, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place and the experiences they provide are a national treasure. I live in Ohio but get down here with friends and family anytime I can. Some of the day-long steam trips are wonderfully affordable, especially given what it takes to keep these time machines operating.

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Thank Doug H
Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

They have quite a few retired train cars on display that you can walk through and get an idea of what train travel was like. My youngers really liked the train ride and the turn table demonstration. My olders liked the machine shop where they restore the trains that you ride on. Fun was had by all.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We went on the Missionary Ridge Local excursion. It's short, just under an hour long. You take a scenic ride in vintage train cars and get to stop and see the engine turned around on a huge turnstile before heading back to Grand Junction. Lots of kids, of course, on the excursion but we had a great time as a... More 

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Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Lots of history here and who doesn't love trains? Been a lifetime member of the museum for years. You can join and volunteer and learn a lot at the museum. Its a working museum and doesn't just sit on the rails. Lots of fun. Free parking and lots of it. There is a gift shop, slide show, deli, and of... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Wow....any train lover (which includes most everybody) will be thrilled with TVR. The old trains come to life and take you on several ride options, from the short run through the Missionary Ridge tunnel, to scenic long journeys through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The history of railroading is captured here and it's hands-on !! The smells of coal burning engines,... More 

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