The Tennessee Valley Railroad announced Tuesday that it is headed to Oneida and the Big South Fork with a steam engine excursion on Sunday, Nov. 10. The East Tennessee Autumn Adventure will feature a steam locomotive with diesel assistance over Norfolk-Southern's Central Division main line.
This excursion travels through scenic areas of East Tennessee including numerous tunnels and the 300-foot tall New River Bridge. The 282 mile round trip leaves Chattanooga at 8 a.m. and arrives in Oneida at 12:30 p.m. for a two hour layover. Oneida & Scott County Tourism are planning an outdoor festival with live bluegrass music, food vendors, craft booths and a classic car "cruise-in." The departure from Oneida will be at 2:30 p.m. and a return to Grand Junction in Chattanooga by 7 p.m. Parking is free at TVRM for the excursion. A commissary car will feature snacks, soft drinks and light food as well as a gift shop area.
Tickets are available starting with Coach Class at $80 without meal or $100 with a meal (specify breakfast or lunch when ordering). Premium Coach and Observation Lounge tickets are also available starting at $135 and feature a meal with unlimited refreshments. Tickets can be ordered online at tvrail.com or by calling 894-8025.