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“Little disappointing, but still a pleasant ride”

Three Rivers Rambler
Ranked #57 of 201 things to do in Knoxville
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Owner description: 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.
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 the ride (one way) to be quite interesting and took a few pics of it. Other than that, it was just a pleasant train ride. Don't expect to see much scenery though.

5  Thank livel0velaughtravel
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ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2016

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 their historic building on the lawn. Games are played by Civil War era rules and in full wool uniforms. Passengers can stay for the full 2-3 hour game and take the Rambler home or take a provided trolley back into Knoxville. Tours and concessions are also provided by Ramsey House, along with chairs and tents for passengers.

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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 trees.

5  Thank twobutlers
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ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2016

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 a bit longer than in the past as well in an attempt to improve on this.

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Reviewed November 8, 2008

We took our 3 year old son on the pumpkin express in October. We had a fantastic time. The weather was gorgeous and we sat out in the open car. My son wore his costume, and the staff handed out candy on the train ride. It was really a great experience. He still talks about the train ride, and he wants to go back for the Christmas express. The only drawback was that there were not much choice in souvenirs.

6  Thank goingplacesgirl
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ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2016

Hello, Thank You for your review! We are glad your son had a good time back in 2008. Our Hoot N' Holler Express trains have grown in many ways and now include live music as well. We have also recently opened our Depot, which has allowed us to expand our souvenirs and create a easier boarding experience.

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