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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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Short train ride

If you have very young children and want to take a short train ride, this is the one to do. It only lasts about an hour, the cars are comfortable and there are trains to explore... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Roanoke, Virginia

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Roanoke, Virginia
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55 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you have very young children and want to take a short train ride, this is the one to do. It only lasts about an hour, the cars are comfortable and there are trains to explore at the station.

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Kentucky, United States
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the "Copperhill Special" out of Etowah, TN and this is a full day! Departed at 9:30 AM and arrived back around 5 PM. This train takes you through the Cherokee National forest along the Hiwassee River and the Ocoee River into a pair of really neat towns Copperhill, TN and McCayesville, GA. The scenery was nothing but amazing... More 

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Dunedin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you or anyone in your family loves trains, this place is awesome. I never knew steam engines were so big... these are the amusement park versions. It was amazing being so close to the engine.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First time on a train for the girls. We rode in the Dome car and had a great view- Dome car is the first class car so we had access to free soda and snacks during the ride and a great hostess who came around often to ask is we needed any thing. If you want to ride in the... More 

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Chattanooga
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the Hiawassee loop ride as part of our weekend staycation. We enjoyed the ride but the coach car was stuffy and hot. We quickly noticed the observation car (which costs considerably more than coach) was much cooler and even had small fans to circulate the air better. Seems if you want a cool ride on a hot summer... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a great experience for our kids. The museum has older trains in front for kids to explore. If there are some museum staff on site, they will let you in to check out some of the interiors. The kids loved exploring the different trains and learning about them. The train ride was just long enough to be exciting.... More 

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New Iberia, Louisiana
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Was worried about being in a train my first time for a 6 hour tour, but really enjoyed my trip. Train was clean, they offered lunch, the guide was very informative...... The 1-1/2 hour stop in Chickamauga was a little long, not much to do or see, but you need that time to walk from site to site.

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Thank Rwade2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My three nephews, ages 11, 9, and 4, loved the train ride and exhibits. It was an affordable, interesting experience. One of the boys could have sat on a bench all day watching the trains go by! Having a photo opportunity with the engineer or others would have been nice. The ladies in the depot were super nice, as was... More 

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a very neat place. The train ride was awesome, got to see some neat stuff. Would be awesome for kids. The staff was very nice and knowledgeable.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you or anyone in your family, especially children, likes trains, or even if you don't, this is a must do. It is a great history lesson and a remarkable ride. Beautiful scenery and fun trip.

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