When you step aboard the train, the conductor will punch your ticket! This 55-minute Missionary Ridge Local excursion includes: traveling 6 miles (round trip) on one of the original rail lines into Chattanooga; narration of the local history 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; and 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).
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.
- PPE: Masks are required inside buildings and trains.
- Tickets: Tickets can be purchased for the Missionary Ridge Local online prior to visit.
- Hours: Dates & times vary.
- Cost: $23 for adults; $15 for children ages 2-12; free for children under 2 years old