Gearing Up for “Steam into Summerville Railroad Days”
Home to one of only a few operating train turntables in the southeastern United States, Summerville is truly a step back in time for train and history buffs alike. The City of Summerville is currently gearing up for its annual “Steam into Summerville Railroad Days”. The six-week celebration will usher in fall and visitors of ages, while bringing a wide array of festivities to Summerville’s Dowdy Park and the Summerville Depot.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Summerville Steam Excursion is set to arrive at the historic Summerville Depot each Saturday beginning October 7th through November 11th. Steam engine passenger trains are also set to arrive at the depot on three Sundays; October 22nd and 29th and November 12th. Train arrivals and the turning of the antique steam engines are a highlight at each scheduled festival. Tickets for these excursions are purchased through the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum at www.tvrail.com. These vintage train rides follow a historic route from Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga to the Historic Summerville Depot. A highlight of the “Steam Into Summerville Railroad Days” will be double steam engine arrivals on October 28th and 29th.
Summerville welcomes the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and it’s passengers by opening the historic depot to the public and with activities, entertainment and events planned for each train arrival. Each event hosted is unique to itself.
Sum -Nelly Arts and Crafts Festival – October 7th
Saturday events in Dowdy Park begin on October 7th with the annual Sum- Nelly Arts and Crafts Festival. Event hours are from 9:00am – 3:00pm 3:00 and admission is FREE. Sum – Nelly is a celebration that allows artists, quilters, musicians, food vendors, locals, and visitors to gather and enjoy the beautiful fall weather of Chattooga County. There are currently over 100 vendors registered.
For more information on event registration you may contact the Summerville Recreation Department at (706) 859-0910.