On Saturday, May 18, the George L Carter Chapter
of the NRHS and the George L. Carter Railroad Museum, ETSU, will
sponsor a "SPRING EXCURSION" to the 3 River Rambler Railroad and
This is a wonderful time to enjoy the beautiful
spring foliage and surrounding countryside as we ride alongside
the Tennessee River. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view. The Knoxville
Zoo also presents a pleasant afternoon as we see over 800 animals
and the various other attractions there.
All tickets are sold as Coach class. The train
consists of two coach cars and one open air car and passengers
are allowed to move around the train freely. Restrooms are available
on the train.
Ticket prices include the train ride, the Zoo
admission, and the bus fare from Johnson City to Knoxville and
return. Adults are $85.00 and children (2-12) are $80.00. Infants
under 2 years of age not occupying a seat ride free. This is an
EXCLUSIVE CHARTER for our group only; no other passengers will
be on the train.
The trip will start from ETSU's parking lot 22A
off Jack Vest Drive where passengers will board a motor coach
departing no later than 8:00 a.m. for Knoxville.. Restrooms are
available on the buses and no stops will be made enroute. Estimated
arrival time is around 9:30 a.m. at which time passengers will
start boarding the train for a departure at 10:00 a.m.
Small coolers will be permitted on the bus and
train that will fit under the seat. The Knoxville Zoo has a designated
area for picnics: Picnic tables at Oasis cannot be reserved and
is on a first come basis. PROHIBITED ITEMS are: glass containers,
disposable straws, lids and balloons. Please limit the amount
of disposable items you bring to the Zoo, so garbage generation
may be reduced to keep their costs down.
NO SMOKING or ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PERMITTED
ON THE BUS, ON THE TRAIN or AT THE ZOO.
The Three Rivers Rambler is a 90 minute steam
train ride that takes visitors along the Tennessee River starting
in Downtown Knoxville and making its way to the "Three Rivers
Trestle" where the French Broad and Holston Rivers join to form
the Tennessee River. Upon returning to the train station at approximately
11:30 a.m., passengers will board the buses which will then go
to the Knoxville Zoo. Upon arrival at the zoo, passengers will
be on their own to picnic or purchase lunch and tour the zoo