One of Chattanooga's most popular attractions, the Chattanooga Choo Choo is a large attractions complex focused on Tennessee's love of the railroad. The complex itself was built as a railway station in 1908, and then, serving its last train in 1970,
One of Chattanooga's most popular attractions, the Chattanooga Choo Choo is a large attractions complex focused on Tennessee's love of the railroad. The complex itself was built as a railway station in 1908, and then, serving its last train in 1970, became a hotel in 1973. It was also the inspiration behind the song "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Today, the complex is a hub of activity. In addition to a hotel featuring standard guest rooms and 48 Victorian train car rooms, Chattanooga Choo Choo boasts shops, restaurants, and attractions. The Railroad Museum features a miniature version of Chattanooga and the Cumberland Mountain country, built in HO scale. The model railroad that travels the scene spans 174 feet, encompassing 3,000 feet of track, 320 buildings, 1,000 freight cars, and 80 passenger cars. Meanwhile, the on-site formal gardens are bursting with over 500 rose bushes, making it the only rose garden in the state designated as an All American Rose Selection Garden.
Other attractions at the complex include the authentic 1924 New Orleans' Trolley that ferries guests around the grounds and the Chattanooga Horse Trams, which take guests on 30-minute carriage rides through the area. Over five restaurants and several unique stores also call Chattanooga Choo Choo home.
The Chattanooga Choo Choo is also an extremely versatile for private events and meetings, offering space for nearly every group size and need. Spaces available include the 369-square-foot American Train Car overlooking the rose gardens; the 7,154-square-foot Centennial Theatre for 550 guests; the 16,000-square-foot Grand Central Station for 1,000 guests; and the 6,860-square-foot, crystal chandelier-lined Imperial Ballroom for 800 guests. Group tours can also be arranged.
The Model Railroad Museum is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM. Trolley tours run Sunday through Thursday at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM and Friday and Saturday at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 4 PM. Schedules and hours for other attractions vary, as do prices.