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Experience the Delano to Copperhill Special Train Ride: A Journey Through Tennessee's Scenic Beauty
A Unique Railroad Adventure Awaits
Embark on an unforgettable railroad adventure as you journey through the captivating landscapes of Tennessee aboard the Delano to Copperhill Special Train Ride. This one-of-a-kind experience offers an unparalleled view of the region's breathtaking scenery while providing a nostalgic trip back in time on a vintage train.
Step Aboard the Historic Train
The Delano to Copperhill Special Train Ride takes you on a historic train, transporting you to a bygone era of travel. You'll ride in restored passenger cars, each boasting their unique charm and character, as you witness the grandeur of Tennessee's countryside.
Are you looking for a unique and unforgettable adventure? Join us on an 8-hour extended excursion along the lower Hiwassee River Gorge, the Hiwassee Loop, and the cities of Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, GA.
Our round trip covers a distance of 94 miles, giving you the opportunity to take in the stunning scenery and immerse yourself in the rich history of the area. Expert tour guides will bring the past to life, sharing captivating stories and fascinating facts about the region. You'll have 90 minutes for a lunch break before the return journey.
This is a rare opportunity to experience the thrill of traveling on a historic train, navigating the same routes as the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad's Atlanta Division. The departure is at 9:00 A.M. and you'll be back around 5:30 P.M. This is a journey that you won't want to miss.
Book your Copperhill Special Train Ride today and explore the breathtaking beauty of the lower Hiwassee River Gorge, the Hiwassee Loop, and the cities of Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, GA. The "Copperhill" route is the same as the "Loop" trip, but it takes you further to the former mining town of Copperhill through the Turtletown and Ducktown areas after you navigate the river gorge and the spiral near Farner. Don't miss this unique opportunity to step back in time!
- Adult coach seating: $70
- Child coach seating: $38
- Dome seating (all ages): $120
- Observation seating (all ages): $105
NOTE: Ticket prices may differ for Fall Premium dates (October to the first two weeks of November).
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Hiwassee Loop History:
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's Hiwassee River Rail Adventures take place on a stretch of railroad that was once part of the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad's Atlanta Division, running between Etowah, TN, and Marietta, Georgia.
When the line was first built in 1890, it featured a series of switchbacks in the tracks to navigate the mountainous terrain. However, these proved to be inefficient, and the railroad soon sought a better solution. The decision was made to loop the tracks around Bald Mountain, creating one of only three points in the United States where railroad tracks loop over themselves to gain elevation in limited space, this loop was completed in 1898. This loop, coupled with a double “S” curve near Jasper, GA, earned the old line the nickname of the Hook and Eye Line.
In the early 1900s, the L&N obtained a new, more efficient right-of-way that bypassed the Hook and Eye Line. The Hook and Eye Line became the old line, but it was still used for mining operations in Copperhill, TN. When the mining business ceased in 2001, the railroad (now CSX Transportation) abandoned that portion of the tracks. In 2002, the Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, a nonprofit organization, purchased the tracks for preservation, and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum became the sole operator of historic passenger trains on the old Hook and Eye Line.
Passengers can enjoy views of the Hiwassee River, waterfalls, wildlife, mountains, and the ruins of historic settlements during the trip.
Plan Your Delano to Copperhill Special Train Ride Adventure
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience Tennessee's natural beauty aboard the historic Delano to Copperhill Special Train Ride. With its captivating scenery, immersive experience, and unique special events, this journey is one you'll remember for a lifetime.
To book your tickets and plan your unforgettable adventure, visit the official website for the Delano to Copperhill Special Train Ride today. We look forward to welcoming you aboard for a journey through the heart of Tennessee's breathtaking landscapes.
About Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum:
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a railway museum located in Chattanooga and Delano, Tennessee. It was established in 1961 to preserve and operate historic railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of future generations. The museum features a variety of vintage trains and railcars, including steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars. Visitors can experience the history of rail travel through excursions, exhibits, and hands-on activities. The museum operates on a historic rail line, offering scenic rides through the Hiwassee Loop and providing a unique perspective on the region's history and culture. With its rich heritage, educational programs, and engaging events, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a must-visit destination for railway enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
A great train excursion. Beautiful views of river, mountains, TVA power facilities and Hiawassee Loop. We rode in the observation car at the rear of the train. Conductor and staff very knowledgeable and provided almost continuous narration of history of the railroad and the surrounding area. A must for railfans and history buffs. A day long train ride and history lesson. Most enjoyable. Jeff - TripAdvisor
Great train ride copperhill Special! Great conductors ! Beautiful sites ! Lisa S. - Google Review
My husband and I rode the Copperhill excursion on November 4th. Our first for the both of us. The scenery was Beautiful going to Copperhill and back. Enjoyed the banjo playing and singing. Loved listening to the history of the railroad and other adventures along the way. The lay over in Copperhill was very relaxing. I highly recommend the State Line BBQ for your lunch. The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable of the areas and the railroad. I highly recommend this joyful trip. Don’t forget to purchase a beautiful tee shirt. Thanks for the ride Roberta B - Facebook
Did you know that when you purchase a ticket with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, you are helping to preserve the history of railroads?
As a non-profit organization, it takes a lot of resources to restore and maintain our vintage trains and equipment. In fact, it can cost up to $1.5 million to completely rebuild a steam engine, which must be done every 15 years or sooner. Your support helps us to continue to share this important piece of history with the community. So not only are you enjoying a unique and memorable experience, you are also contributing to the preservation of railroad history.