This week’s Finally Friday is to The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum! This week get a family four pack of tickets for the Missionary Ridge Local – these will be vouchers good for any Missionary Ridge Local ride – space available.
The term “Local” refers to shorter trains that were once a lifeline to small towns along the railroad. Local trains featured frequent stops and services that included mail delivery, shipping of local produce, meat, and dairy products, and for some children even their daily ride to school!
Missionary Ridge Local trips begin at the Grand Junction depot and take passengers along one of the original railroad lines into Chattanooga, crossing bridges and diving through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel before arriving at the other side of our museum, East Chattanooga.
The train stops at East Chattanooga, allowing riders off the train to watch the locomotive rotating on a turntable and participate in a tour of the railroad restoration shop before re-boarding for the return trip. Round trip time is slightly less than one hour – a great introductory train ride for kids! Click here to sign for Finally Friday!