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Three Rivers Rambler

2560 University Commons Way, Knoxville, TN 37919-5592
+1 865-524-9411
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Guests aboard the excursion train enjoy a nearly 2 hour trip along the Tennessee River. Beginning the journey in Downtown Knoxville, the Rambler travels past historical sites to the “Three Rivers Trestle” where the French Broad and Holston Rivers join to form the Tennessee River. Along the route, the Three Rivers Rambler passes by beautiful farmland, Knoxville’s first settlement area, and several quarries that were mined to build our nation’s Capital. The uniformed conductor and volunteer staff are well-versed in the local history and welcome questions during the 11-mile trip.
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  • Average20%
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2560 University Commons Way, Knoxville, TN 37919-5592
+1 865-524-9411
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

The reviews don't do this wonderful trip justice. Each car was beautifully decorated, the staff was professional and courteous and the added touches of providing a Christmas bell, the history of the area, cocoa and a gingerbread cookie were very special. It will be a...More

Thank rick215
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Enjoyable ride through a portion of Knoxville that I had never seen. I especially like the area where the Holston and French Broad Rivers meet to form the Tennessee River. Really enjoyed the live guitar/banjo music that was played in our car for much of...More

Thank Gary H
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We had a great time overall on our train ride. We decided to seat ourselves in the open air car which we normally do on other train rides we've been on. The day was so beautiful you could want to sit inside. We departed the...More

Thank Jeff S
ThreeRiversRambler, Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2016

Jeff, Thank you for the review! We appreciate hearing your feedback and will work to improve in the future! Best, 3RR Crew

Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our trip on the train on a beautiful day. We made a last minute decision to board and really enjoyed the musician, the inexpensive snacks and the rid easler itself. Make sure you choose to ride on the open air portion of the...More

Thank Jeffro_baller
ThreeRiversRambler, General Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2016

Thank you for your kind review and photo - we're glad you enjoyed the open air car and music! Best, 3RR Crew

Reviewed 10 July 2016

The four of us wanted to take an afternoon train excursion. We learned about the "Vintage Baseball Express" via the Three Rivers Rambler web site and booked our tickets online the evening before the event. Gratefully, the web site clearly explained how to get to...More

1  Thank OHWanderingProf
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2016

We are very pleased to hear that you had a good experience on your Vintage Baseball trip out to Ramsey House! Thank you for the kind review!

Reviewed 15 July 2015

Went because I am a railfan and understood that the trip I took would be one of the rare occasions that this operations 1890 built steam locomotive would be operating. The train itself is great if you're a railfan. The steam locomotive and the rolling...More

2  Thank Matthew C
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2016

We are sorry to hear about this bad experience with the Vintage Baseball train. Based on this feedback, we are doubling our effort to inform every passenger of the different timeline of these baseball trains, whether that be on the website, Facebook, by phone or...More

Reviewed 1 December 2014

Family visiting for Thanksgiving, wanted to do something special, didn't want to go far away for a train ride with a Christmas theme. We knew scenery wasn't going to be great but thought we would try it. Train ride started late, 1/2 cup luke warm...More

Thank Richard G
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2016

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience! We are always trying to improve and appreciate the feedback. In 2015, we changed our way of taking reservations to include online registration, automatic confirmation emails and emailed tickets to avoid any mistakes such as the one...More

Reviewed 16 August 2014

The route has some good views, and some not-so-much. The train, itself, is the thing, and railway enthusiasts or families with young children will find it enjoyable. It was a bit confusing to find where we were to wait to board, when I rode, but...More

Thank macavityok
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2016

Thanks for your thoughts! The Rambler Train Depot at 2560 University Commons Way is now complete which should cut down on boarding confusion in the future! There is now a platform and parking adjacent to our building as well.

Reviewed 4 December 2013

Obviously I was expecting a lot more than this train ride offers. The best part is at the end we passed over a trestle. Other than that the scenery includes a water treatment facility, a utility company, a dirt company, and pastures. The train travels...More

4  Thank wanda f
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2016

Hello Wanda, sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. Many of our trains have grown in the past few years to include more activities. Christmas especially includes a snack, hot chocolate, story time, a special guest from the North Pole and a few...More

Reviewed 30 November 2013

November 29th. Took the kids and the grand kids on the train ride. It was great. The old steam engine takes you up the Tennessee river to the very beginning of it. This is were the French Broad and Holston rivers meet to become the...More

3  Thank RPMs
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2016

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear your grand kids enjoyed their trip at Christmas. We've added a few surprised in the last few years as well, including a stationary engine in our front yard for everyone to check out.

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11 September 2016|
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Response from ThreeRiversRambler | Property representative |
Hello, Our Hoot N' Holler Autumn Express trains are 1.5 hours long while our Christmas Lantern Express trains are just under 2 hours long. We stop for story time on the Christmas train which accounts for that extra 30... More