Fall Family Fun On The Halloween Eerie Express

Friday, September 14, 2012
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has announced its schedule for the family friendly Halloween Eerie Express Funhouse. The fourth annual Eerie Express Funhouse is an hour and a half Fall experience leaving from Grand Junction Depot at 4119 Cromwell Road in Chattanooga.
 
Features includes a "pick your own pumpkin patch" and petting zoo, a train excursion through tunnels and over bridges, storytelling, tour through the gentle thrills Eerie Express Fun House, hot cider, blacklight mini golf, games, temporary tattoos, coloring pages, ride back to Grand Junction, and a bag of treats for the children.
The Funhouse is a 20-room, 2,000 square foot Halloween treat.
 
"The Eerie Express is not a scary adventure, it truly captures the fun of Halloween in a family atmosphere," said Steve Freer, TVRM Coordinator.  "We encourage families to bring their children in costume to win prizes, enjoy the great food and activities while spending time with each other in a safe environment", he added.
 
The Halloween Eerie Express will be running on Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, and train departure times are nightly 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m..  The Eerie Express is a seasonal favorite and a typical sellout, so advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. All tickets are $22.00 and can easily be purchased online by visiting tvrail.com or by calling 423 894-8028.  
 
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a non-profit educational corporation and the largest operating historic railroad in the Southeast.  TVRM's mission is to preserve the history of railroading for future generations and was found in 1961.  
 


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