The volunteers of Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will once again roll out its restored 1920's Pullman dining car, and Chef Andras will prepare an assortment of four deliciously different entree choices for diners on the museum's Valentine dinner trains. The event gives couples the opportunity to experience the romantic setting enjoyed by travelers during the golden age of American rail travel in the 1930's and 40's.
The museum's Secret City Scenic Excursion Train's Valentine trips have become so popular that four departures are scheduled:
Wednesday, Feb. 12th at 6pm
Thursday, Feb. 13th at 6pm
Friday, Feb. 14th at 6pm
Saturday, Feb. 15th at 5pm
Passengers will begin their journey back in time aboard the former Southern Railway coach Fort Oglethorpe, which was built in 1947. They will then be ushered into the classic dining car where they will be greeted by neatly dressed servers and tables set with china on crisp white tablecloths. A long-stemmed rose will await each lady at her table.
Advance reservations are required as seating is limited. Tickets are $70 each, which includes the ride, the full course dinner and all taxes. Reservations can be made by calling the museum at 865-241-2140. Callers should be prepared to make their entree choices at time of reserving. The choices are: Bourbon-marinated grilled filet of beef, chicken Crdon Bleu, grilled Cajun-style shrimp with pesto cream sauce, or spinach and feta-stuffed baked tomato with brie cream sauce. Full payment by check made out to SARM must be mailed to arrive one week before the event.
The train boards next to the Heritage Center on Highway 58, about 10 miles west of downtown Oak Ridge, and the rides last about approximately 1-1/2 hours, taking the passengers through the original K-25 uranium enrichment plant site, now known as East Tennessee Technology Park. The train proceeds out the north gate and through the hills and hardwoods of Poplar Creek Valley.
Ticket prices are $70 per person and include a rose for the ladies, dinner, train ride and all taxes. Seating is limited, so reserve early to be sure of experiencing this unique Valentine's Day event. Reservations and payment are required at least one week in advance. For further information, or to make reservations, please call the museum at 865-241-2140.