Southern Railway 2-8-0 No.630 Fall Excursions

Southern Railway No.630 Summerville Steam Autumn Leaf Specials to run October 6, 13, 20 & 27 and November 3, 2012.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum hosts the 45th annual series of Autumn Leaf Special trips for 2012 and a travel experience straight from the “Golden Age of American Railroading.”

Of the numerous “heritage” events taking place this week, getting 630 on 6-30 was right there at the top. Part of the “21st Century Steam” program, the first round trip has turned on the Pulaski District and is headed, at speed, back to Roanoke. Quite a sound to behold coming uphill, too! Photo by Kevin Andrusia

Travel aboard vintage trains pulled by the 1904 Southern Railway 630 and follow the historic route from Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga to Summerville, Georgia; crossing the state line in Rossville, traveling past Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and through Chickamauga, Rock Spring, LaFayette, Trion, and into Summerville. Departure for the all day trip is 9:00am with return approximately 6:00pm.

For the autumn trips, fall colors are usually a highlight outside the train, while a dining car luncheon, complete with chinaware, is served inside dining car Travelers Fare. During the approximate 1-1/2 hour layover in Summerville, passengers will be able to explore the town and adjacent Dowdy Park with its historic turntable. The locomotive will be rotated on the turntable, serviced and watered for its return trip to Chattanooga. 

Seating Options:

Coach is standard seating with comfortable reclining seats and large picture windows. Pullman Car Clover Colony,  decorated in its original 1920s decor, has a limited number of seats for semi-private and private seating. The Section areas are semi-private with two upholstered bench seats facing one another and a partial dividing wall behind the seats. Each Section has a double window on that side of the train plus the passengers can see out the other side as well since there is no dividing wall on the aisle.

Compartments are completely private with a door separating the bedroom area from the aisle. There is a upholstered bench seat  with enough room for 2 or 3 passengers and one standard window on one side of the train. Note that Pullman seating is extremely limited and may already be sold out on some trips. Please call  for further information if interested. For more about Clover Colony seating please click here.

Get information and tickets here.

Phone: 423.894.8028

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