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Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR)

4119 Cromwell Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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Ranked #16 of 69 attractions in Chattanooga
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Scenic Railroads, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: One of the largest operating historic railroads in the United States offers scenic trips through the Tennessee countryside.
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71 reviews 71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The old coal fired steam engine was a marvel in it's day and is still one today. Step back into time on this ride, hear the clackty clack of the wheels on the rails and you can almost imagine being back in the Old West. A memorable experience for young and old alike! When you go thru the tunnel, the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We boarded the train and it began to move ever so slowly and my three year old grandson wanted to know when it would be going fast. This train ride was a disappointment for both of us. The 3 mile ride just was not long enough for either of us and moved too slowly for both of us. Next time... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We took the Oneida ride and we really enjoyed it. The car we were in was clean, the seats large and comfortable and well upholstered. The volunteers were friendly, efficient and helpful. The train was in much better condition than some we've ridden in other areas, and is due in part to the fact that the the Norfolk-Southern Railway contributes... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

We did the Onieda excursion. What a great trip! Our car host was so knowledgable and friendly. Always making sure we were all happy. What agreat way to experience history.

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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We went at the end of March to one of their train stops and that station was closed (seasonal). But at the main station (Grand Junction Station) the train was up and running. The train runs at different times during the season. So if you are planning on riding the train, look ahead for times and which station to go... More

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Spring excursion train leaving from Chattanooga,TN too Oneida Tennessee with a meal. This is a great excursion trip for the entire family and rail fans. Excellent service and the breakfast was excellent. What more could you ask for eating and watching the Tennessee country side roll by. The trip is approximately 135 miles one way and traveling at 40mph it... More

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Somerset, Kentucky
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I rode in the observation car for both of this weekend's mainline excursions (to Attalla and Oneida), and loved every minute of it. And given that some of the photographers were actively chasing the train from one crossing to the other they seemed to be almost as excited about the Southern heritage unit as they would have been about 630.... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My grandson would have given this all fives I know because he was thrilled with the experience! The conductor punching his ticket, a ride through a tunnel, the turning of the train, and a car to ourselves! I must say it was wonderful as an experience, informative too, but the view from the windows were not anything at all special.... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Wanted to see and ride on a train so went to check it out. In March there was only one train ride that didn't go very far but we didn't care so we took it. It was a nice ride (especially if you go outside the back car). We got to watch a turnaround of the engine and see where... More

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Auburn, New York, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The ride was smooth and the scenery was great! The turntable was amazing as were the train sheds. The conductor took the time to chat with us as well and gave us many little insights into things we were seeing as well as history of the area.

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