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The Three Rivers Rambler is a scenic train ride in Knoxville, Tennessee along the Tennessee River provided by the Knoxville & Holston River Railroad, a subsidiary of Gulf & Ohio Railways.


The Ride

The ride starts at the boarding area in Volunteer Landing in the downtown riverfront area, near Neyland Stadium. The train then follows the landing down Neyland Drive, going past the County Building, and under the Henley Street and Gay Street Bridges. The train passes the Star of Knoxville Riverboat and the locomotive's watertower and shed at the end of Volunteer Landing, where it parallels the Knox County Greenways down the river to Governor Ned McWherter Riverside Landing Park. Beyond McWherter Park the train goes through the General Shale Brick Company and the KUB Water Treatment Plant. The train then follows the river for a ways past Island Home Airport, before turning away from the river and going under Riverside Drive and past the Hines Compost Company. The train the reaches Three Rivers Trestle, where the French Broad River and the Holston River come together to form the Tennessee River. The train slows on the bridge to allow passengers to take pictures of the Osprey nest built above the tracks. Once on the other side of the river the train reaches the quarry at Marbledale, where the locomotive uncouples and runs around the train and then pulls it back along the same route in reverse. The trip takes an average of 90 minutes.



Washington & Lincolnton #203

Washington & Lincolnton #203, "Lindy", was built in 1925 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, PA. She is a 2-8-0 and run on select days of the year and the Christmas Express in November/December.

Southern Railway #154

Southern Railway #154 is a 2-8-0 built by Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1890. She was donated to the city of Knoxville in 1953. In 2008 she was donated to Gulf & Ohio Railways for restoration. She will begin pulling trains on July 4, 2010.

Chattanooga Traction Company #4

Chattanooga Traction Company #4 is an SW-1 Switcher built in 1947. She worked as Southern, Norfolk Southern, and RJ Corman #1002 before being acquired by Gulf & Ohio for use as the motive power on the Rambler when #203 is not running.

Three Rivers Rambler #9

Three Rivers Rambler #9 is a rare SW6000 built in 1954. She used to be the primary power for the Rambler until the end of the 2008 season when she was sent to the K&HR's K line south of the river and was replaced by #4. She still wears her Three Rivers Rambler lettering and can often be seen from Volunteer Landing across the river at Holston Gases.

Trustworthy #838

1932-Coach Car operated originally in Philadelphia as an electric car.

Intrepid #879

1931-Coach Car; includes folding seats so passengers can face forward on the return leg of the trip.


1932-Contains restrooms and gift shop.


1940-Open air car, converted from freight car.


Caboose-Available for charter.

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