Dinner Train is like stepping back in time and the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion!
Mar 08
Sep 07

Chattanooga Dinner Train

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Chattanooga, TN

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A Unique Excursion with Fine Dining

This unique opportunity allows you to enjoy not only a historic train ride but also a delicious three-course meal served onboard restored dining cars. Join the Tennessee Valley Railroad for dinner trains on select Fridays and Saturdays, March through October. The trips include a dining experience that will transport you back in time.

Our Dinner Trains are one of our most popular excursions and for good reason! Our Dining Car Superintendent and his team of Dining Car Stewards and Chefs provide exceptional customer service and delicious food all prepared and served in historic dining cars. A meal on the Dinner Train is a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a unique dining experience.

Dinner trains depart from Chattanooga’s Grand Junction depot in the evening, traveling at a leisurely pace through portions of urban East Chattanooga before reversing direction and returning to Grand Junction. The standard departure times are select Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 PM. The travel time is just right for the complete meal aboard the moving train.



What is a Pullman car?

A Pullman car is a type of railway passenger car that was originally built and operated by the Pullman Palace Car Company, which was founded in 1867 by George Pullman. These cars were designed for overnight travel and were typically used on long-distance trains. They were known for their luxurious amenities, including comfortable seating, private sleeping compartments, dining cars, and other on-board services. The Pullman Palace Car Company also operated a fleet of "Hotel on Wheels" cars that provided sleeping and dining accommodations to passengers. Many Pullman cars were also used during the golden age of rail travel and were considered a symbol of luxury and prestige.

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Dress Code

We do not have a formal dress code for the dinner train, but most passengers seem to enjoy dressing up a bit.


About Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum:

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a railway museum located in Chattanooga and Delano, Tennessee. It was established in 1961 to preserve and operate historic railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of future generations. The museum features a variety of vintage trains and railcars, including steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars. Visitors can experience the history of rail travel through excursions, exhibits, and hands-on activities. The museum operates on a historic rail line, offering scenic rides through the Hiwassee Loop and providing a unique perspective on the region's history and culture. With its rich heritage, educational programs, and engaging events, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a must-visit destination for railway enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Chattanooga Belt Line History:

This historic excursion line takes you on a journey through time, starting on a pre-Civil War route that crosses four bridges and passes through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel. As you travel through East Chattanooga, you'll be able to see the Chattanooga Zoo (established in 1937) and the Warner Park fields (previously called "Olympia Park"), which served as a public recreation area in the early 20th century for events such as horse races, ballgames, and military training exercises. The train also travels alongside the Chattanooga National Cemetery (established in 1863) and the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre outdoor international sculpture museum. Please note that this ride does not take you through any scenic mountain or river areas, as the tracks are located in urban East Chattanooga. Upon completion of the excursion, you will return to the Grand Junction Depot.

Customer reviews:

Dinner Train was the most amazing experience! Food was wonderful and the staff was awesome! Highly recommend the train! Connie H - TripAdvisor

The dinner on the train was amazing. You literally step back in time to a completely restored 1920 dinner car. The food is exceptional and the porter, dressed in period dress, is friendly and informative. The train ride is 2 hours, just enough time to enjoy the three course dinner. A really enjoyable dinner. Jim H - TripAdvisor

We had a wonderful time on the Dinner Train last night. The food was amazing and the service impeccable. To have a 5-star meal and such historic surroundings was quite a treat. Thanks to Jordan and his amazing crew that took such great care of us! Chris M - TripAdvisor

The dinner train was great. Our server Hayden made the ride so much fun. The car is beautifully done and the pullman's table area was worth the little extra. The dinner and company makes the ride. The scenery was inside the train for sure. Food was fab and dessert was YUM! jbow - TripAdvisor

Additional Questions:

You can reach us through email at info@tvrail.com, by phone at 423-894-8028, or by clicking on the chat button located in the lower right corner of our website at https://www.tvrail.com.

Did you know that when you purchase a ticket with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, you are helping to preserve the history of railroads?

As a non-profit organization, it takes a lot of resources to restore and maintain our vintage trains and equipment. In fact, it can cost up to $1.5 million to completely rebuild a steam engine, which must be done every 15 years or sooner. Your support helps us to continue to share this important piece of history with the community. So not only are you enjoying a unique and memorable experience, you are also contributing to the preservation of railroad history.

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