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Address: 2560 University Commons Way, Knoxville, TN 37919-5592
Phone Number: +1 865-524-9411
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Guests aboard the excursion train enjoy a nearly 2 hour trip along the...

Guests aboard the excursion train enjoy a nearly 2 hour trip along the Tennessee River. Beginning the journey in Downtown Knoxville, the Rambler travels past historical sites to the “Three Rivers Trestle” where the French Broad and Holston Rivers join to form the Tennessee River.

Along the route, the Three Rivers Rambler passes by beautiful farmland, Knoxville’s first settlement area, and several quarries that were mined to build our nation’s Capital. The uniformed conductor and volunteer staff are well-versed in the local history and welcome questions during the 11-mile trip.

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Okay, But Could Be Better Operated

Went because I am a railfan and understood that the trip I took would be one of the rare occasions that this operations 1890 built steam locomotive would be operating. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
Matthew C
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Berea, Kentucky
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Tennessee
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121 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

The four of us wanted to take an afternoon train excursion. We learned about the "Vintage Baseball Express" via the Three Rivers Rambler web site and booked our tickets online the evening before the event. Gratefully, the web site clearly explained how to get to the depot and where to park because the location is new enough that it might... More 

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Thank OHWanderingProf
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

We are very pleased to hear that you had a good experience on your Vintage Baseball trip out to Ramsey House! Thank you for the kind review! More 

Berea, Kentucky
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36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Went because I am a railfan and understood that the trip I took would be one of the rare occasions that this operations 1890 built steam locomotive would be operating. The train itself is great if you're a railfan. The steam locomotive and the rolling stock are kept in very nice shape and the train itself as well as the... More 

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1 Thank Matthew C
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear about this bad experience with the Vintage Baseball train. Based on this feedback, we are doubling our effort to inform every passenger of the different timeline of these baseball trains, whether that be on the website, Facebook, by phone or by email confirmation. We wanted to offer one type of train trip that was a... More 

Strawberry Plains,Tn
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Family visiting for Thanksgiving, wanted to do something special, didn't want to go far away for a train ride with a Christmas theme. We knew scenery wasn't going to be great but thought we would try it. Train ride started late, 1/2 cup luke warm hot chocolate, no Christmas music, boy that would have made for a better time, train... More 

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Thank Richard G
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience! We are always trying to improve and appreciate the feedback. In 2015, we changed our way of taking reservations to include online registration, automatic confirmation emails and emailed tickets to avoid any mistakes such as the one you encountered with your tickets. This also makes for a more seamless check-in, so we... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The route has some good views, and some not-so-much. The train, itself, is the thing, and railway enthusiasts or families with young children will find it enjoyable. It was a bit confusing to find where we were to wait to board, when I rode, but they are in the process of building a depot at a very accessible location, so... More 

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Thank macavityok
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Thanks for your thoughts! The Rambler Train Depot at 2560 University Commons Way is now complete which should cut down on boarding confusion in the future! There is now a platform and parking adjacent to our building as well. More 

Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Obviously I was expecting a lot more than this train ride offers. The best part is at the end we passed over a trestle. Other than that the scenery includes a water treatment facility, a utility company, a dirt company, and pastures. The train travels for about 5 miles one way and then back to the depot, and this lasted... More 

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4 Thank wanda f
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Hello Wanda, sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. Many of our trains have grown in the past few years to include more activities. Christmas especially includes a snack, hot chocolate, story time, a special guest from the North Pole and a few other surprises! Our Vintage baseball Trains (new in the past few years) takes a longer... More 

Kodak TN
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66 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

November 29th. Took the kids and the grand kids on the train ride. It was great. The old steam engine takes you up the Tennessee river to the very beginning of it. This is were the French Broad and Holston rivers meet to become the Tennessee. The train cars are warm and comfortable. They served hot chocolate and popcorn. Gave... More 

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3 Thank RPMs
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear your grand kids enjoyed their trip at Christmas. We've added a few surprised in the last few years as well, including a stationary engine in our front yard for everyone to check out. More 

Maryville, Tennessee
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139 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Beautifully restored steam engine trains ..... scenic rides thru the Tennessee valley. Loads of entertainment for kids and adults as well. We go 4-5 times a year. Note - The Rambler does not run on a regular schedule so be sure and check their website for dates and times http://www.threeriversrambler.com/

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17 Thank tnphoto
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We are thrilled to hear that you all come see us multiple times a year. We are doing our best to improve each and every year, so hopefully you will get some new surprises this year as well! More 

Knoxville Tennessee
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85 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We got seats on th emost inexpensive car, the gondola at the rear of the train next ot the caboose. The trip passes under a 1930s open spandrel concrete arch bridge and a 1894 steel lattice beam bridge on tall granite piers. Then by another concrete arch bridge, the two river excursion boats, a 1910 water intake as we get... More 

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4 Thank Silentflier
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Although we do offer private charters all year long, we happily offer multiple seasons during the year each with it's own personality. In 2016 we will run with our engine No. 154, a coal fired engine and the oldest in our fleet as the fuel burning 203 will have it's 25 year inspection. More 

Columbus, Ohio
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47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

When I read about the Three Rivers Rambler, I expected to enjoy a pleasant ride next to the river or see some beautiful scenery, but we only passed the river for a short time. The rest of the ride consisted of views of apartment buildings, farm fields, and houses. However, I did find the marble quarry at the end of... More 

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4 Thank livel0velaughtravel
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Sorry to hear you were disappointed with the scenery. We are working with some of the industrial building owners in an attempt to clean up those areas for the future. Our Vintage Baseball trips are a bit longer into the countryside past the quarry and go out to Ramsey House for Vintage Baseball games at... More 

Newport, Tennessee
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49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

We were very disappointed. The train traveled along a set of tracks through an industrial area and through areas that were very trashy and was overgrown. The only pretty view was when the train crossed the rivers on the trestle. The views might be better if you go in the fall and early spring before the foliage appears on the... More 

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5 Thank twobutlers
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

We apologize that your experience wasn't satisfying- we have been working with the companies in the industrial areas in an attempt to clean up the abandoned buildings along the route and hope that will improve the trackline scenery. On our spring/summer Vintage Baseball games we go all the way out to Ramsey House making the 'greenery' part of the trip... More 

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