21st Century Steam Anniversary Special Rolls On June 7

Tennessee Valley Railroad Honors Southern Railway Event

Monday, May 19, 2014
This trip is designed to commemorate the June 6, 1964, date when Southern Railway allowed steam to return to their railroad, an event that ultimately spawned a full fledged excursion program for 28 years. It will operate over Norfolk Southern’s Central Division Second District main line (CNO&TP’s famed “Rathole” route toward Cincinnati) on a 282-mile round trip. This route travels through some of the most scenic vistas in Tennessee, which includes the 307-foot tall New River Bridge and numerous tunnels.
 
 
"The town of Oneida rolls out the red carpet on our visits with wonderful entertainment, dining and shopping during our layover there," said Steve Freer, spokesperson for TVRM. Departure from TVRM’s Grand Junction Station (free parking onsite) will be at 8:00am, arriving in Oneida around 12:30 p.m. for an approximate two-hour ayover. Departure from Oneida should be around 2:30 p.m. with return to Grand Junction in Chattanooga scheduled for approximately 7 p.m. A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food. A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.
 
Tickets: Starting at $80 per seat for passengers age three and up, as shown below.  Everyone age three and up requires a ticket; under three is no charge if not occupying a seat, no food included.
 
Coach Class: $80 (without meal – see note about commissary car above.)  Coach Class seating is provided in temperature controlled modern cars with non-reclining seats.
 
Deluxe Coach: $95 (without meal – see note about commissary car above.)  Deluxe Coach seating is provided in climate controlled vintage cars with reclining seats.
 
Deluxe Coach: $115 (with meal - either breakfast or lunch, not both.)  Meal choices (with coach tickets) must be made at same time as reservation: Breakfast at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., or Lunch at 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 2:15 p.m., or 3:15 p.m. (Sample Dining Car Breakfast: Eggs and sausage, biscuits and gravy, grits, juice, fruit, milk or coffee; Sample Dining Car Lunch: Homemade Soup, Smoked Ham and Cheese Croissant, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Dessert, and Beverage.)
 
Premium Service in Observation Car: $195 with breakfast, lunch, and unlimited refreshments. (Sample Dining Car Lunch: Homemade Soup, Smoked Ham and Cheese Croissant, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Dessert, and Beverage.)
 
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is the largest operating historical railroad in the Southeast. Its mission is to preserve railroading history for future generations. TVRM is located just a few minutes off I-75 at Highway 153 and Jersey Pike in Chattanooga. For tickets and information visit online at tvrail.com or by calling 423 894-8028.

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