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Southern Appalachia Railway Museum

Train with fall colors


Turn the clock back to yesteryear and return to the heyday of passenger railroading with the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum's Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

Trains depart from the Heritage Center (formerly K-25) near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, an historic Department of Energy facility where research and development plunged the United States into the Atomic Age. The train winds along Poplar Creek and Highway 327 in the beautiful hills and valleys of East Tennessee. The northern portion of the route was featured in the movie October Sky. Additional route and facility history is available, as are views of atypical trip.

Each round trip travels approximately 14 miles and lasts about one hour. Trains are pulled by 1950's vintage Alco diesel locomotives. Seating is in an air-conditioned coach and a dining car, both restored from the 1940's era of passenger railroading. An open-air concession car has souvenirs and snacks for sale. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Lap children two and under are free. Group rates are available for groups of 24 or more. Advance reservations for all seats are highly recommended. Tickets will be sold the day of each trip if space is available. Please note that non-US citizens are required to provide passport and visa information prior to boarding the train.

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Seasons Open: April through December

Hours Open: trips at 11AM, 1PM and 3PM the 1st and 3rd Saturdays April through September. Every weekend in October, then Thanksgiving weekend and Santa trains in early December

Fees: $15 for adults, $10 for children 3-12, no charge under 3

 ADA Accessibility Notes

Wheelchair lift. Disabled passengers requiring assistance must be accompanied by a ticketed care-giver. Museum equipment is historical in nature and not fully equipped for special needs.

 Locally or Family Owned Business

For More Information, Contact:

Richard Raridon
P.O. Box 6756, Oak Ridge, TN , TN 37831

Richard Raridon


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Latitude: 35.927300000
Longitude: -84.390250000
Elevation: 773 FT (236 M)
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