April 25, 2007 - The Three Rivers Rambler
begins its eighth season showcasing East Tennessee's unique history
and beauty. Guests aboard the excursion train will enjoy a 90-minute
trip along the Tennessee River. The train departs from downtown
Knoxville and journeys past historical sites, local businesses,
and scenic countryside during the 11-mile ride.
The train consists of a fully restored 1925 steam locomotive, two
coach cars, a merchandise car, an open air car, and a red caboose.
The caboose is a favorite for birthday parties and family reunions.
Our most unique gift for railroad fans is a one of a kind trip in
the cab of the steam engine.
the off season, the steam engine has gone under vigorous repairs.
"It takes a lot of sweat equity to keep an 82 year old steam
engine running," said Mike Schoenberger, director of marketing.
"Our general repairs are extensive and time consuming, since
many parts must be made by hand."
Schoenberger explained that the steam engine may not be ready for
the start of the 2007 season but that diesel engine Engine Engine
Number 9 (named after the Picket Wilson song in 1970) will be the
locomotive used to start the season. The diesel engine, a SW 1500,
is a unique locomotive because it is one of only sixteen prototypes
made in 1954.