Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


October 8, 2007

Excursion train returns Oct. 27 to Cookeville

In its heyday, the Cookeville Depot was a bustling gateway to the city for tourists, business people and travelers passing through.

Those days are nearly gone, but residents of the Highlands of Tennessee can experience them Oct. 27, when the Tennessee Central Railroad Museum excursion train returns.

The trip has been shortened from previous fall trips to Watertown. The train will leave the Depot heading northeast to Algood, where it will switch engines, but passengers won’t get off.

The train will arrive in Cookeville at approximately 11:30 a.m. fully loaded with passengers from Nashville, dropping them off for a few hours of sightseeing in Cookeville’s historic West Side. During their stop, ticket holders can board and depart around noon for the one-hour round trip to Algood.

The reserved seats cost $10 for children 5-12, $15 for adults, and children under 4 ride free in a parent’s lap. Dome seats are $25.

Dome seats sit high and are glassed-in, affording passengers a better view.

Ellene Duncan, senior vice president for the Chamber, said the trip should be perfect for families.

“This is a great opportunity for families to bring children on a train ride that’s affordable,” she said. “It’s a museum train that ran back in the '50s. It’s fully heated and has air conditioning — all the amenities. Once the train gets started, passengers can walk through the train as it shimmies and shakes. It’s fun for children especially, and adults, too.”

Duncan expects tickets to go fast. All children will receive a free Halloween goody bag to enjoy.

“We typically have a sellout,” she said. “We usually do this trip with Railroad Rendezvous SpringFest in May but haven’t been able to do this before in October. It’s an exciting event.”

Tickets are available at the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, 1 West First Street, Cookeville.

For more information, contact the Chamber at (931) 526-2211 or

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