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King University News :: King University Alumni Gathering in Chattanooga to take place on Missionary Ridge Local Fall Train Excursion Oct. 11

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2014 – The perfect time for King University alumni to gather and connect will be Oct. 11, 2014 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Alumni are invited to meet for lunch at noon followed by a round-trip excursion on the Missionary Ridge Local train to see the fall colors.

“We are excited for the upcoming alumni event in Chattanooga,” said Michael Webb, director of alumni relations at King University. “This would be a great event for alumni for whom it may be their first time attending an alumni gathering. It is going to be a great experience to share the fall colors on a historic train ride in Eastern Tennessee. The Alumni and Development office is looking forward to seeing many of our great alumni and friends at this event. It will be enjoyable for everyone in the whole family.”

Participating alumni for the Missionary Ridge Local event will meet at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum located at 4119 Cromwell Road in Chattanooga, Tenn., at noon for lunch at the Chattanooga Grand Junction Station. At 1 p.m., alumni will begin boarding the train for a 55-minute round-trip along one of the original railroad lines in Chattanooga, crossing four bridges and passing through pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel, which was completed in 1858.

The train stops at East Chattanooga, allowing riders to see the locomotive rotating on a turntable and participate in a tour into the railroad restoration shop before re-boarding for the return trip.

The term “Local” refers to short line trains that were at one time a lifeline to the world from small towns around the nation. The train would roll to a stop with the ground rumbling as passengers would feel the mounting anticipation. Then the conductor called the long awaited signal: “All Aboard!” Excitement would fill the air as passengers took their seats. As it was 100 years ago…it is still today!

Cost for adults is $10; children 12 and under are $5, which includes lunch and the train excursion. RSVP by Monday, Oct. 6 to Jenny Brown via phone at 800.621.5464 or by e-mail at  



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