Chattanooga steam engine chugging up to Harriman

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The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is planning a special 160-mile steam engine excursion from Chattanooga to Harriman and back next month.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, the former Southern Railway’s Engine No. 630 will leave from Chattanooga for Harriman  at 8:30 a.m. as the train passes over Norfolk Southern main lines.

Passengers will stay on board the train at Harriman and the train is expected back at Chattanooga around 4:30 p.m.

The steam engine also is making a slightly longer trip to Attalla, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 10.

That trip will be approximate 9 ½ hours and 188 miles round trip, leaving Chattanooga at 8 a.m. and returning around 5:45 p.m. The trip includes a two-hour layover for shopping and area entertainment in Attalla.

Both trips are part of Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam program.

Boarding location for all trips will be at the Grand Junction station located at 4119 Cromwell Road in Chattanooga.    

Three types of seating are available for online purchase: coach, premium coach and observation lounge.  

Coach seats are $85 and inclusive of meal service, please specify breakfast or lunch at time of reservation.

Premium coach seats are $115 and are a limited number inclusive of a continental breakfast, lunch and unlimited refreshments.  

Observation lounge seats are $135 and feature a more intimate viewing area from the back of the train, continental breakfast, lunch and unlimited refreshments.  

All seating will be provided in climate-controlled coaches with comfortable seats and large windows. Don’t miss this opportunity to ride a vintage train in many areas long removed from passenger service.   The excursions are as follows:

All trains feature restrooms, a commissary car that sells snacks, soft drinks, and light food items.  

A gift shop will also be on the trains for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.

Tickets for all excursions can be purchased online at tvrail.com or by calling 423/894-8028.

TVRM is a nonprofit educational corporation and the Southeast’s largest operating historical railroad whose mission is to preserve the history of railroading for future generations.  

Visit 21stcenturysteam.com for more information on future excursions.