The Three Rivers Rambler | Tennessee Vacation

The Three Rivers Rambler

2560 University Commons Way
Knoxville, TN 37919

All Aboard the Three Rivers Rambler steam train ride!

Guests aboard the excursion train enjoy a 90 minute trip along the Tennessee River. Beginning the journey in Downtown Knoxville, the Rambler travels past historical sites to the “Three Rivers Trestle” where the French Broad and Holston Rivers join to form the Tennessee River. Along the route, the Three Rivers Rambler passes by beautiful farmland, Knoxville’s first settlement area, and several quarries that were mined to build our nation’s Capital. The uniformed conductor and volunteer staff are well-versed in the local history and welcome questions during the 11-mile trip.



The Rambler hosts multiple themed seasonal aboard our vintage equipment. The Vintage Baseball Express treks out to Ramsey House for a Civil War era baseball game reenactment. Players ride the train (as is traditional) and tell passengers about the history and facts about these historical face-offs. 

The Hoot N' Holler Express trips feature fall color, crafts and live music for the whole family! Come to the depot early to pick out goodies and play games before boarding. 

The Christmas Lantern Express starts up the weekend following Thanksgiving and run through the week before Christmas. Meet our Jolly Ol' Elf after story time with local celebrity readers. And of course, enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and gingerbread men!



Steam Engine No. 154- Locomotive #154 is a 2-8-0 "Consolidation type steam locomotive that was built in 1890 by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in Schenectady, New York. At the completion of the restoration #154 is the oldest operating Southern Railway steam locomotive and also the oldest operating locomotive built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works.

Steam Engine No. 203- Lindy, also known as number 203, is a 2-8-0 consolidation type locomotive, built in 1925 by Baldwin Locomotive Co. of Philadelphia. In 1995, 203 again became a shortline railroad engine when Gulf & Ohio Railways purchased the locomotive and began the task of rebuilding her for the Three Rivers Rambler. 

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