Experience the thrill of railroading on another exciting train ride located just an hour's drive from Ellijay.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee is the largest operating historic railroad in the Southeast!
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers a variety of train rides for your preferences. For a quick trip, the Missionary Ridge Local excursion takes only 55 minutes but offers excitement from a train ride through a Civil War era tunnel to a guided tour of their restoration shop. A longer train ride, the Chickamauga Turn, is a 5-1/2 hour roundtrip ride to historic Chickamauga, Ga.
If you wish to to spend a day riding the railroad, the Tennessee Valley Railroad offers multiple Dixie Land Excursions throughout the year.
Want to ride the rails with a select group? They also offer several charter options; from renting your own Missionary Ridge Local train to school groups.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's main terminal is called Grand Junction Station, conveniently located near main roadways and is easy to find even if you're not familiar with the area.
The other station is the East Chattanooga Depot, where the restoration shop is located. If you ride the Missionary Ridge Local, you'll get a tour of the shop and watch the locomotive be turned on the turntable.
NORTH POLE LIMITED
Tickets on sale now for the North Pole Unlimited. Tickets will sell out so purchase them early.
Since 1999, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has been carrying all boys and girls to the North Pole for a visit with Santa Claus. This year, railroad proudly announces that Santa Claus has asked that they run our services and take everybody back to the North Pole again!
Santa’s elves have been busy preparing the tracks and we hear that they’ll be routed through locations such as Santa’s Workshop! Storytellers are buying fresh copies of The Polar Express to read to everybody and elves are busy getting chocolate milk and cookies ready so that all the children will have something to eat and drink on the trip!
Santa has even arranged for our station to keep everyone warm and dry while waiting for the North Pole Limited to arrive, complete with a dining area for those who are hungry.