Spring Break Safari: Conductor

What if you could. . .

Conductor-Header. . . be a Conductor aboard a train at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum? Grab an engineer cap to be an imaginary conductor for the day as you jump aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s rumbling locomotive train and take a ride along Missionary Ridge.

When you step aboard the train, ask the conductor if you can punch your own ticket! This 55-minute Missionary Ridge Local excursion includes: traveling six miles (round trip) on one of the original rail lines into Chattanooga; narration of the local historical points along the route; riding through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel that was built in 1858, especially noted for its uniqueness as a horseshoe tunnel; witnessing two unique methods of turning a train around: the better known turntable, and the wye (think of doing a three-point turn with your car and you’re close); and a brief tour of the train restoration shop.

Additional excursions offered throughout the year include Valentine Dinner Train, Hop Aboard the Bunny Train, Day Out With Thomas, Chickamauga Turn trains to Chickamauga, Georgia on summer weekends, Dixie Land Special excursions into northwest Georgia, fall color excursions, Halloween Eerie Express, North Pole Limited trains during the holidays, and many more. Grand Junction Station is located near I-75, Exit 4 at the Jersey Pike exit from Highway 153.


  • Dates available: Friday, March 9-Sunday, April 8, 2018.
  • Free Spring Break Safari Guide: Available at ticketing.
  • 50-55 minute train ride on the Missionary Ridge Local trip ONLY.
  • Guided tour of East Chattanooga equipment repair/restoration facility.
  • Watch the turntable demonstration.
  • Missionary Ridge Local trips scheduled during Spring Break Safari: March 1-31/Trains depart Mon.-Fri., 10:40 am & 12:05 pm and Sat.-Sun., 10:40 am, 12:05 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:25 pm, & 3:35 pm. April 2-30: Trains depart Mon.-Fri., 10:40 am & 12:05 pm and Sat.-Sun., 10:40, 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 & 3:35. Closed on Easter Sunday, April 1. Note: Day Out With Thomas will be held on April 28 & 29, including an expanded Missionary Ridge Local schedule. Check website for full train schedule.
  • Cost: $17 for adults; $11 for children ages 2-12; Free for children under 2 years old.

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