Railroad Museum Has North Pole Ride, Christmas Dinner Ride

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga has scheduled several Christmas events.

Kids of all ages are invited to visit Santa at the railroad’s Grand Junction Station on Saturdays, Nov. 27-Dec. 20, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The station is located at 4119 Cromwell Road.

This year celebrates the 11th anniversary of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s North Pole Limited — special, 75-minute train excursions to the North Pole, where Santa awaits. Dates for the North Pole Limited are Nov. 20-22, Nov. 27-29, Dec. 3-6 and Dec. 10-21. Trains leave from Grand Junction Station at 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required.

The museum is also offering its Christmas Dinner Special — a four-course meal aboard a 1924 dining car that travels through northwest Georgia. Dates for the dinner are Dec. 5, 12, and 19. The train departs Grand Junction Station at 5:30 p.m. and returns at 10 p.m. Reservations are required.

North Pole Limited:
Nov. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 and Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22
Since 1999, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has been carrying all the good boys and girls of Chattanooga and surrounding areas to the North Pole for a visit with Santa Claus. Events will include reading of the Polar Express, serving of chocolate drinks and cookies and a visit to Santa's workshop.

Christmas Dinner Train
Dec. 5, 12 and 19
Travel back to a simpler time aboard a vintage train for the Holiday Dinner Train Ride. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers this opportunity for patrons to enjoy a rail excursion and a four-course dining experience aboard TVRM’s restored 1924 dining car.

Reservations are encouraged as these trips fill quickly. While purchasing tickets, patrons may select their main entree of: roast beef, roasted stuffed chicken or baked salmon. All entrees will be served with the chefs choice of glaze or sauce.

Additional menu items include (example) soup, salad of fresh greens, seasonal fresh vegetables, potato de jour, fresh bread, choice of dessert, plus lemonade, water, iced tea or coffee.

The train will travel from Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga to Chickamauga. There will be a brief layover in Chickamauga allowing passengers to stroll the town to enjoy Christmas decorations. Return to Chattanooga will be approximately 10 p.m.



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