Dine in the romantic surroundings of an authentic railroad dining car with fresh flowers, china, and white tablecloths. The Dinner Train at Oak Ridge and Caramella Catering are offering the opportunity to step back in time to a more gracious era.
Take a leisurely one and one-half hour train ride and dine in former Southern Railway Pullman Dining Car No. 3164 restored to the appearance it had as it operated throughout Tennessee during the 1960's. The dining car has been lovingly rebuilt by volunteers of the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum and is fully air-conditioned and heated. Before and after the meal guest seating is available in an air-conditioned coach, also restored from the 1940's era of passenger railroading. An open-air concession car with souvenirs is also part of the train. The train is pulled by 1950's vintage Alco and EMD diesel locomotives.
Food service is provided by Chef Andras Bartha and the professional staff of Caramella Catering in the classic black-tie style of railroad passenger service. Passengers are requested to dress appropriately in Business/Business Casual attire. Passengers may also bring a bottle of wine. The waitstaff has corkscrews and wine glasses available. SARM asks that everyone who chooses to drink does so responsibly.
Food options are beef, chicken, shrimp, or vegetarian. A typical entree is a bourbon marinated grilled filet of beef with potatoes, chicken cordon bleu, a grilled Cajun style shrimp with pesto cream sauce and rice, or a spinach and feta stuffed tomato with brie cream sauce and potatoes. Each dinner includes a tossed salad, specially prepared vegetables, fresh bread, dessert, and tea or coffee. If you have special dietary needs, please mention that when making reservations and we will make our best effort to honor such requests.
Price: $70 per person, including taxes
2016 Dates: Thursday February 11, Friday February 12, Saturday February 13, Sunday February 14, Saturday April 16, Saturday May 7 (Murder Mystery Dinner Train), Saturday June 18, Saturday July 16, Saturday August 20 and Saturday September 17
Reservations and payment are required at least one week in advance. For reservations or further information on The Dinner Train at Oak Ridge please call the Museum at 865-241-2140. Please note: Because the Museum is an all volunteer effort our phone is not answered every day. Please leave a message with both daytime and evening contact numbers and we will try to get back to you shortly.
Valentine Dinner Trains
The volunteers of Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will once again roll out its restored 1920's Pullman dining car, and Chef Andras will prepare an assortment of four deliciously different entree choices for diners on the museum's Valentine dinner trains. The event gives couples the opportunity to experience the romantic setting enjoyed by travelers during the golden age of American rail travel in the 1930's and 40's.
The museum's Secret City Scenic Excursion Train's Valentine trips have become so popular that three departures are scheduled - Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Passengers will begin their journey back in time aboard the former Southern Railway coach Fort Oglethorpe, which was built in 1947. They will then be ushered into the classic dining car where they will be greeted by neatly dressed servers and tables set with fine china on crisp white tablecloths. A long-stemmed rose will await each lady at her table.
Advance reservations are required as seating is limited. Tickets are $70 each, which includes the ride, the full course dinner and all taxes. Reservations can be made by calling the museum at 865-241-2140. Callers should be prepared to make their entree choices at time of reserving. Entree choices are a grilled filet of beef, chicken, shrimp, or vegetarian options. The exact entree depends, but typical selections have been: Bourbon-marinated grilled filet of beef, chicken cordon bleu, grilled Cajun-style shrimp with pesto cream sauce, and spinach and feta-stuffed baked tomato with brie cream sauce. Full payment by check made out to SARM must be mailed to arrive one week before the event.
The train boards next to the Heritage Center on Highway 58, about 10 miles west of downtown Oak Ridge, and the rides last approximately 1-1/2 hours, taking the passengers through the original K-25 uranium enrichment plant site, now known as East Tennessee Technology Park. The train proceeds out the north gate and through the hills and hardwoods of Poplar Creek Valley.
Seating is limited, so reserve early to be sure of experiencing this unique Valentine's Day event. Reservations and payment are required at least one week in advance. For further information, or to make reservations, please call the museum at 865-241-2140.
Valentine Schedule - 2016
Thursday, Feb. 11th at 6pm
Friday, Feb. 12th at 6pm
Saturday, Feb. 13th at 5pm
Sunday, Feb 14th at 5pm
Murder Mystery Dinner Train
Secret City mysteries exposed!! The Southern Appalachia Railway Museum and the Oak Ridge High School Masquers drama club present an evening of mystery and intrigue set against the background of one of World War II's most secret facilities. Breathtaking drama ensues. Can you identify the culprit and save the free world?
This is a unique opportunity to spend an entertaining evening onboard a train from the 1940's, restored by volunteers from the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum. The murder mystery dinner train departs from the East Tennessee Technology Park near Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Entree choices are beef, chicken, shrimp, and vegetarian. A typical selections include boubon marinated grilled filet of beef with potatoes, chicken cordon bleu, grilled Cajun style shrimp with pesto cream sauce and rice, and a spinach and feta stuffed tomato with brie cream sauce and potatoes, but the exact menu is determined by Chef Andras. Each dinner includes a tossed salad, specially prepared vegetables, fresh bread, dessert, and tea or coffee.
Murder Mystery Schedule - 2016