Monday, June 30 2014, 08:22 AM EDT
Back in Time with the Tennessee Valley Railroads
"You're riding a train that's just like stepping back in time," said Zach Gilmore, one of the conductors. "You've boarded this train, it's in the 1940s, and here we go."
More than 100 people boarded the train to Chickamauga, Georgia Saturday morning.
It was just one of the eight trains that left from the Grand Junction Station.
Gilmore, and most everyone else at the Tennessee Valley Railroad, admits they have the railroads in their blood.
"2 years old and started riding the train," Gilmore said. "It was game over after that. I fell in love with the trains."
"I grew up in a railroading family out in Kansas," said Jack Traylor, a second conductor. "My family all worked for Santa Fe railroad. And I always had railroading in my blood so to speak."
These men want to share that passion with our community. It is their goal, and the Tennessee Valley Railroad's, a non-profit, to teach about their history and how they helped shape and develop our area.
There are many events at the Tennessee Valley Railroad, for every occasion. You can find out more on their website, www.tvrail.com.