Missionary Ridge Local Train Rides Begin Saturday

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tennessee Valley Railroad begins the 2010 season Saturday with two Missionary Ridge Local Trains. The departures from Grand Junction are at 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.

The Missionary Ridge Local offers a "bite sized" train ride. At 50 to 55 minutes, this six-mile round trip packs a lot of history into a compact time frame.

Experience one of the original rail lines into Chattanooga. Along the way witness two unique methods of turning a train around: the better known turntable, and the wye (think of doing a three-point turn with your car and you're close). One of the highlights of the trip is riding through 1858-era Missionary Ridge Tunnel, a.k.a. the Chattanooga, Harrison, Georgetown, and Charleston Railroad Tunnel, especially noted for it's uniqueness as a horseshoe tunnel. The bottom of the tunnel actually pinches in so that as it rises, the sides curve out before curving back in to form the roof.

Also receive a guided tour of the East Chattanooga Back Shop after watching the turntable demonstration.

The Missionary Ridge Local trip length is typically 50-55 minutes and the motive power is vintage diesel locomotive. The roundtrip time includes the layover in East Chattanooga where passengers view the turntable demonstration and the conductor gives a tour into the restoration shop.

Tickets at $15 for adults and $9 for children age 3-12. There is no charge for children under age three. Tickets are purchased as walk-up only on the day of the trip. The boarding location is Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga at 4119 Cromwell Road off of Jersey Pike.


UWGC To Host Tennessee Valley Institute For Nonprofit Excellence’s 15th Annual Conference At Southern Adventist University

United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s Center for Nonprofits will host its 15th annual TVI conference on Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Southern Adventist University. The conference will explore a variety of topics and challenges that face local nonprofits.   Attendees may choose between five breakout sessions that will feature experts covering topics such as ... (click for more)

Additional Hand Gun Carry Class Added Due To Overwhelming Participant Sign-Ups Since July 16 Events

Sheriff Eric Watson announced since July 20, over 100 people have signed up for 2-day Handgun Carry classes offered by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.  The classes consist of Friday evening classroom work, while Saturday is at the gun range.  Two of the three classes, in August and October, have reached the limit of 50 participants each, while another class, ... (click for more)

$40 Million Traffic Improvement Set To Connect Hamilton Place More Directly With I-75 And Ease Congestion On Shallowford Road

The city, state and CBL & Associates are cooperating on a $40 million plan to make the Hamilton Place section more accessible to Interstate 75. The upcoming project will provide a direct connection for southbound I-75 traffic with Hamilton Place Boulevard. The project will also provide a new connection for those on Hamilton Place Boulevard to enter I-75 northbound. ... (click for more)

Report Says Truck Driver Who Caused Wreck That Killed 6 People At Ooltewah Exceeded Allowable Driving Hours

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board on a June 25 wreck at the Ooltewah exit that killed six people says the driver of the truck that caused the multiple-vehicle wreck "had exceeded the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation hours-of-service when the crash occurred." It says Benjamin Brewer began his return trip to London, Ky., from Florida at 4:30 ... (click for more)

Why Is The City Diverting Federal Transportation Funds From Real Need?

The city of Chattanooga and CBL, owner of Hamilton Place Mall, would have the mass of taxpayers believe that improving mall access from the interstate is not impacting us financially.   Namely, CBL has committed to fund the city’s match of $8 million, so they will receive $32 million in Federal Transportation Funds that are allocated annually to local jurisdictions through ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Hero Is Coming Home

In late September, a very special funeral will be held in Bearden, Tenn., when 1 st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr., will finally come home to lie in peace with his family. Sandy’s been dead for 72 years now, ever since he was killed in combat on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 22, 1943. He and a number of other Marine heroes were buried back then in a shallow ... (click for more)