Three Rivers Rambler 2016 Train Rides 

Guests aboard the excursion train enjoy a seasonal trip along the Tennessee River. Beginning the journey in Downtown Knoxville at our new depot located at University Commons, the Rambler travels past historical sites to the “Three Rivers Trestle” where the French Broad and Holston Rivers join to form the Tennessee River.

Along the route, the Three Rivers Rambler passes by beautiful farmland, Knoxville’s first settlement area, and more (that you can read about on the Virtual Trip page). The uniformed conductor and volunteer staff are well-versed in the local history and welcome questions during the 11-mile trip. 

The Rambler has restrooms available in the depot, as well as onboard the train. We sell drinks and snacks in both locations, and you are welcome to bring your own (non-alcoholic) drinks and snacks. The 3RR will run in rain, snow, or shine; we strongly urge you and your guests to dress for the applicable weather conditions so that you can enjoy venturing out on the open air car. 

*Please note: Our steam engine No. 203, "Lindy," is undergoing a 15 year FRA rebuild and will not be in service in 2016. Therefore we will operate with our coal-fired steam engine No.154. We will use a diesel locomotive on Friday, November 25 and will rely on diesel power should No. 154 have any operating issues. The dates listed below are the only scheduled trips of the 2016 season. For field trip dates, please scroll to the bottom of this page or call for more information. Thank you. 

Adults: $26.60

Senior (55+): $25.50

Children (ages 3-12): $15.50

Toddler (ages 1-2) $7.50

Infants: Free

* There are no refunds or exchanges on ticket purchases*

Christmas Lantern Express

All aboard the Christmas Lantern Express! Before departure, enjoy hot chocolate and gingerbread men at the depot. Onboard the train hear local celebrities read “The Christmas Lantern” book by Karen C. Bishop and visit with Santa, who gives each child a small gift. This trip will last 90 minutes to 2 hours. Become a part of this Knoxville tradition. 

Reserve Christmas Lantern Express Tickets

Click on an upcoming date below to reserve your Christmas Lantern Express tickets.


Ticket Information

Ticket reservations can also be made calling 865-524-9411. If trains are not sold out, tickets will be on sale at our depot 30 minutes before departure times. We accept all major credit cards, cash and checks. For groups of 12 or more, please call for special pricing. There are no refunds or exchanges.

Field Trips

Field trips are available on certain dates throughout the year. Groups over 100 may be able to add dates to this schedule. Call 865-524-9411 ext. 123 to get more information and discuss pricing

Winter dates to be announced

Wheelchair  & Mobility Assistance

Two handicap parking spaces are available next to our depot with more spaces and sidewalks nearby. Because our passenger cars were built in 1925, wheelchair access on the train is limited, with doorways that only accept standard wheelchairs (not motorized).Wheelchairs need to be under 25 inches across to fit through to an enclosed car, but the open air car is available for anyone. We have a wheelchair lift to allow access onboard the train. Please call 865-524-944 for additional information if you or anyone in your party will need boarding or mobility assistance.