The image of a loved one running alongside a train as it exits the station conveys a lovelorn romanticism that can’t be recreated by running next to a departing plane or a launched space shuttle. Develop an appreciation for this timeless mode of transportation with today's Groupon for a ride on the Missionary Ridge Local train on the Tennessee Valley Railroad. Choose between two options:
- For $7, you get one adult ticket (a $15 value).
- For $4, you get one children's ticket (a $9 value).
Over the course of 50 to 55 minutes, the Missionary Ridge Local takes train-spotters on a 6-mile travel through time along Chattanooga's original rail lines. Once the classic, old-timey steam or diesel locomotive has chugged its way out of Grand Junction station, it will pass through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel, which predates both the Civil War and its disappointing sequels, the Civil War Reloaded and Civil War Revolutions. When they arrive at East Chattanooga Depot, locomotive looky-loos will also witness the two ways to turn around a train. One involves the more familiar turntable method, and the other uses a wye, resulting in a maneuver similar to a three-point car turn but that doesn't involve slamming into the trash cans in your alley and waking the neighbors. The Missionary Ridge Local is closed Sunday–Friday in January and February.
TripAdvisors give Tennessee Valley Railroad an average of four stars:
- Lovely quiet little train ride. First time my kids ever rode a train (5 & 9). We all loved it. – stretched2thin