Getting on/off the train and motorcoach. Walking battlefield and standing for some presentations in the field. Standing in museum for up to an hour with benches outside.
At the hotel, we will enjoy a buffet breakfast with a variety of hot and cold items. Coffee, tea, water, juice included. Other beverages available for purchase.
We will join a local expert for a walk about the downtown area of Chattanooga, become acquainted with the area, and get a look at the local revitalization. Our expert will give us a brief history of Chattanooga as we walk. Following our walk, we will board a motorcoach for the train ride to Missionary Ridge and the train museum. Chattanooga was a railroad center for nearly a century and a hub of Southeastern U.S. travel. This morning, we’ll travel one of the original rail lines into the city via either steam or vintage diesel locomotive. Along the way, we will witness two unique methods of turning a train around. We will also ride through Missionary Ridge Tunnel, notable for its uniqueness as a horseshoe tunnel, in which the top of the tunnel is wider than the bottom. After our ride, we will go backstage at the East Chattanooga Back Shop where the conductor will take you us through the process of restoring trains. After the train ride, we’ll have time for a self-guided visit of the museum and learn about the role of railroads in the history and development of this region by observing railroad artifacts in an authentic setting. We will then return to the hotel by motorcoach.
In the hotel conference room, we will enjoy a buffet lunch, plus coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
During the Civil War, Chattanooga was a key rail center and gateway to the heart of the Confederacy. The Battle of Chickamauga was fought for this prize and is essential to understanding Chattanooga’s history. Only the Battle of Gettysburg was more lethal but unlike that notorious conflict, Chickamauga was a huge Union defeat. Our expert historian will lead us on a field trip to Chickamauga Battlefield, where we will learn what happened September 18 – 20, 1863, and how it impacted the war.
We will board our motor coach to travel a short distance to our dinner reservation. We will enjoy a plated dinner, with coffee, tea, water at a local restaurant. Other beverages available for purchase.
After dinner we will visit the Choo Choo terminal on an expert led field trip that includes a presentation on the history of Track 29 and the Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal. We will then return to the hotel by motor coach.