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Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR)

4119 Cromwell Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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Ranked #16 of 78 Attractions in Chattanooga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It was a nice ride but not much to see except for trees and things. But I love to ride trains so it was good.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Cars smell bad. Basically you ride thru the slums and business's don't waist your money they have other trips they were better

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What a wonderful ride. We went on the 1 ride, they have longer but we had our grandchildren so we thought 1 hour was enough. How enjoyable. The conductor was so informative it was great. Tip, on way back for $10.00 you can ride in the engine but make sure you have closed toe shoes. FUN FUN

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We did the train ride on Saturday. It was slow because it can not go fast because the rail crossing do not have bells or gates. The dining car food and service was excellent. Make sure you do the lunch. It does stop at the Battle Fields on he way home.

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Nashville, Tennessee
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

You don't have to be a train buff to enjoy and appreciate this excursion. We had two 9 year old boys who thoroughly enjoyed the train ride. They also learned quite a bit from the conductor who taught them about the turn table and garage where trains are worked on in the yard. The pricing was very reasonable. Spending an... More

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Ringgold, Georgia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Took my little boy on the missionary ridge ride because he loves "choo choo's" we had a nice time the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, but the gift shop is extremely over priced on the bright side tax is included in the advertised prices in the gift shop.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I couldn't make my planned trip to the TVR due to a medical emergency I had putting me in the hospital for surgery. Therefore, under this circumstance, I can't make a review of the TVR. Although, I have been there in the past and highly recommend a trip to this active museum.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

.On warm days, be sure to ask for a seat in the airconditioned car, not the open window car. The train goes 3 miles, you all get off, watch the engine enter a roundhouse turntable and get shifted to face back to the originating station. Neat experience. Then it is back on the train for the return.

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Vicksburg, Mississippi
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We found that a short one hour excursion was pulled by #630 steam engine. What a pleasant surprise. We were expecting an older diesel. What a treat. If you have youngsters that don't do well on long trips, this one hour Missionary Ridge trip is perfect. If you have the time and enjoy trains and steam, the trip to Summerville... More

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Gainesville, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We did the short Missionary Ridge trip and were very pleasantly surprised with the experience, learning something of the steam locomotive era with local history woven in as well. Our tour guide Nathan was young but quite knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and did a terrific job making history come alive for the audience on the train. Aside from just being of... More

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