The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum will celebrate its 55th anniversary with the 6th Annual Tennessee Valley Railfest on September 10 and 11.
The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum’s Grand Junction Depot off Cromwell Road in Chattanooga.
The weekend event — a colorful celebration of trains and railroading — will feature historic Southern Railway locomotives on site; a dedication of two locomotives that are new to the museum; live demonstrations; train rides to East Chattanooga, featuring turntable demonstrations; visits to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s repair and restoration shop; and live music.
The two locomotives that will be formally dedicated are the John A. Chambliss (most recently Norfolk Southern No.2879), which is the former Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway GP38 No.80, and the former Southern Railway diesel locomotive 3170, a model SD40, which was donated to the museum by Norfolk Southern.
Railfest will be held in partnership with Norfolk Southern, Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut, and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Daily admission to the event is $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 3 to 12 and includes unlimited rides on the Missionary Ridge Local.
For tickets and information for Railfest and other train rides, visit online at tvrail.com or call 423-894-8028. Parking is free at the museum, located at 4119 Cromwell Road in Chattanooga