Chattanooga is located in southeast Tennessee and is the state's fourth largest city. The city is 135 miles southeast of Nashville and 120 miles outside of Knoxville. The Tennessee Railroad Valley operates from Chattanooga and travels to multiple locations with trips of various lengths. Trips can accommodate individuals and groups for any tour offered, and even offers rental of the Missionary Ridge local train to groups.
Dinner on the Diner
Dinner on the Diner offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a meal in a restored 1924 dining car while traveling through urban Chattanooga. The train leaves from Grand Junction Station and dinner starts at 5:30 in the evening, with the return around 7:30 in the evening. Groups of eight or more are offered the Eden Isle private car.
Rails to Rafts
Rails to Rafts is a 50-mile round trip tour of the lower Hiwassee River gorge. The trip is three and a half hours long and takes the traveler to the top of the Hiwassee Loop where the tracks cross over themselves and corkscrew up near the mountain close to Farner, Tennessee. The tour varies between one and two trips each day and begins in Etowah, Tennessee. There are snacks for sale on the train, including soda, coffee, chips, water, candy and other items.
Missionary Ridge Local
The Missionary Ridge Local is a six-mile long round trip tour from Grand Junction Station to East Chattanooga Depot. The trip takes no more than 55 minutes and is on one of the original Chattanooga rail lines. The trip features going through the pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel which was completed in 1858.