Cowan Railroad Museum
The Cowan Railroad Museum is housed at the town's restored Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis depot where several displays and artifacts are available to peruse, including an operating model train layout. On the grounds outside you can see a 2-4-2 #1, built for the Cherokee Brick & Tile in 1920 by H.K. Porter, along with other pieces of rolling stock.
Dollywood Express Train
One of the state's most popular tourist attractions located near Pigeon Forge features an operating excursion train on the grounds pulled by a 3-foot, narrow-gauge steam locomotive (four in all that trace their roots back to the White Pass & Yukon of Alaska). Also, be sure to see their operating garden railroad!
Little River Railroad
The Little River Railroad looks to tell the history of logging operations in the state and throughout the Smoky Mountains. It is based in Townsend and features a collection outdoor displays and rolling stock as well as exhibits inside. They have scheduled openings from April through November while during the cooler months please call for an appointment.
Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
This attraction is located at Chattanooga's Lookout Mountain. It has been in service since 1895 ferrying passengers up the side of the mountain and is a National Historic site as well as a Mechanical Engineering Landmark.
Lynnville Railroad Museum
This museum is situated inside a restored Louisville & Nashville depot located in Lynnville, which houses a collection of historic artifacts. Outside are pieces of rolling stock on display, including Republic Steel 2-6-2 #294 built by Baldwin in 1927.
Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Depot & Railroad Museum
This museum is located inside the NC&StL's restored brick depot at the town. Inside the building are several displays, artifacts, and a large operating layout while outside is a small collection of rolling stock.
Secret City Scenic Excursion Train
Part of the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, the Secret
City Scenic Excursion Train, based in Oakridge, operates a 14-mile round
trip journey through the rolling hills of north-central Tennessee. For
power the train using historic Alco diesel locomotives using
climate-controlled passenger train cars. Along with its regularly
scheduled excursions the railroad also hosts caboose rides, dinner
trains, and offers available charters.
Southern Appalachia Railway Museum
This museum, located in Oak Ridge, attempts to preserve the history of rail operations in the Southern Appalachia region. The group also sponsors the Secret City Scenic Excursion.
Tennessee Central Railway Museum
The Tennessee Central Railway Museum based in Nashville is
focused primarily on preserving the state's railroad history. However,
it also operates excursion trains throughout the year offering trips
that travel as far as 180 miles, round trip! Specials during the year
including murder mystery dinner trains, train robberies, fall foliage
specials, and hosting "A Day Out With Thomas" the tank engine.
|Norfolk Southern C39-8 #8566 and SD60 #6593 muscle a loaded coal drag through Concord, Tennessee on an overcast summer day during June of 1988.|
Tennessee Valley Railroad
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is mainly a tourist railroad
operating on ex-Southern Railway trackage which it originally purchased
in 1969. Today, the railroad operates a six-mile round trip near
Chattanooga and hosts numerous specials throughout the year including
dinner trains, Halloween trains, fall foliage trips, and much more.
Three Rivers Rambler
The Three Rivers
Rambler is based in Knoxville and offers an 11-mile round trip using
both steam and diesel locomotives. The railroad also hosts numerous
special and seasonal trains throughout the operating season between June
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