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Travel aboard train to see spring colors, experience mystery dinner

March 29th, 2013 10:06 am by staff report

OAK RIDGE — Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has scheduled one-hour spring colors trips and a murder mystery dinner train in April.


The narrated one-hour spring colors trips will depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, April 20.  Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $15 for children 3-12. Popcorn and refreshments, as well as railroad souvenirs will be available in the train's commissary car.


During the rides, a short narrative will describe the historic Manhattan Project and the historical significance of the railroad that served it.  Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the museum at (865) 241-2140.


At 6 p.m., Saturday, April 20 the museum will run its popular murder mystery dinner train.  The play will be performed by the talented Oak Ridge High School Masquers drama club, and will take place as passengers enjoy the quality cuisine found on the dining cars of the great railroads of the ’30s and ’40s.  Chef Andras will offer a choice of four delicious entrees.


Dinners will be served in the museum's restored Pullman dining car that was built on 1924. Cost is $70 per person, including tax and gratuity.  Reservations in advance are required as seating is limited.  Payment by check must be mailed in advance and callers must be prepared to choose their dinner entree when reserving.


Reservations can be made by calling (865) 241-2140 any day, including weekends, between 9 a.m and 9 p.m.


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. Interested persons can call (865) 241-2140 or visit www.southernappalachia.railway.museum.


The group is currently conducting a fund-raising drive 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.

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