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Solve a mystery or celebrate mom on the rails

staff report • Apr 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has scheduled one-hour excursion rides for May plus announced two evening dinner trains for May. The first dinner train is scheduled as a Murder Mystery theme, Saturday, May 4, and the second dinner train is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 11.

The narrated one-hour excursion trips will depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and ticket prices are $19 for those 13 and older, and $15 for children ages 3 through 12. Children younger than 3 may sit on their parents lap and ride for free. Popcorn and refreshments, as well as railroad souvenirs will be for sale in the train’s commissary car. A short narrative will be given describing the historic Manhattan project and the railroad that served it.

Reservations are suggested to ensure you will have a seat for the time you would like to go on the excursion rides and may be made by calling the museum at (865) 241-2140 any day including weekends between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and if response is heavy, the museum can add additional equipment to the train.

Reservations are required in advance for the dinner trains and can be made by calling the same number as above. The number above may also be called to inquire what menu selections will be offered.

The cost for the Murder Mystery dinner train is $65 per person and the cost for the Mother’s Day dinner train is $65 per person, including taxes and gratuity. Reservations in advance are required as seating in the dining car is limited. Payment must be mailed in advance for the dinner trains and callers must be prepared to choose their dinner entrée.

The 1924-built Pullman dining car will be used for the dinner train only. At 6 p.m., the classic Dinner Train at Oak Ridge will depart for a one-and-a-half- to two-hour trip over the same route. Diners will be treated to dinners that reflect the quality cuisine found on the dining cars of the great railroads during the ’30s and ’40s. Chef Andras will create wonderful a gourmet meal to include entrée choices of beef tenderloin, chicken cordon bleu, sauteed shrimp or vegetable plate.

The same dining car will be used for the Mother’s Day dinner train ride and will be running on the same schedule as the Murder Mystery train. Please call for the menu selections.

Southern Appalachia Railway Museum is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. The museum’s volunteers restore, maintain and operate vintage railroad equipment that formerly served on railroads in Tennessee and the South. Membership is open to anyone who has a love of trains and the desire to be involved in preserving the railroading history of Tennessee and the South.

The group is currently conducting fund-raising efforts for construction of a museum/depot on land that has been transferred to museum ownership. A grant for part of the construction is in place, but significant costs over and above the grant are to be borne by the museum. Any and all contributions are gratefully accepted and are fully tax-deductible.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution may contact the museum at SARM, P.O. Box 6756, Oak Ridge, Tenn. 37831, or by visiting the website at www.southernappalachia.railway.museum.

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