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The two RV Gypsies and Karen's sister
at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
in Chattanooga, Tennessee
July 19, 2014
(photos by Karen, Lee, and Ilse)

Chattanooga Choo-Choo sign
Chattanooga Choo-Choo building

clipart history bookTerminal Station in Chattanooga, Tennessee is a former railroad station once owned and operated by the Southern Railway and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Chattanooga Choo-Choo is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The station was opened in 1909 and was the latest and largest station in Chattanooga's history. The original Chattanooga Union Station, built in 1858, (demolished in 1973) was outgrown by the rapid expansion in the railroad network serving Chattanooga. A second station, built in 1882, was outgrown in only six years. In 1888, an old freight depot was converted to a passenger facility, while three other depots handled commercial and industrial traffic.

American railroad passenger traffic declined in the 1950s and 1960s, and the last passenger train to serve the station, the Birmingham Special, left Terminal Station in 1970. In 1972, local businessmen bought the building, renamed it the Chattanooga Choo-Choo after the song, and began rehabilitating the building. The 24-acre complex is a convention center, hotel and resort with restaurants and shops. Hotel guests can stay in half of a restored passenger railway car. Dining at the complex includes the Gardens restaurant in the Terminal Station itself (enclosed passenger loading platform), The Station House (which is housed in a former baggage storage, but on original building plans is designated as "Mail Sorting Facility") and the "Dinner in the Diner" which is the complex's fine dining venue, housed in a restored 1938 Class A dining car.

Chattanooga Choo-Choo
sign about the Chattanooga Choo-Choo

The two RV Gypsies and Karen's sister Ilse Blahak at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo

The two RV Gypsies and Karen's sister Ilse Blahak at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Karen Duquette on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
trolley car
model of the Chattanooga Choo-Choo

There were several water fountains at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

water fountain at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
water fountain at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
water fountain at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
water fountain at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Ilse Blahak and a water fountain at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Karen Duquette and a water fountain at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Ilse and Karen at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Karen Duquette at Chattanooga Choo-Choo

The lifestyle of an RV Gypsy - having time to stop and smell the roses.

Chattanooga Choo-Choo sign
Lee Duquette smelling the roses.

Guests can stay overnight in restored authentic sleeper cars, once reserved for only the wealthiest of passengers during the railroad era. There is again the bustle that was so familiar in the railroad days at Chattanooga's Terminal Station. For generations, Chattanooga's Terminal Station has been a place of many memories made and it continues today. (No, the two RV Gypsies did not stay in the sleeper car because they live permanently in an RV).

Lee Duquette and the gardens
the sleeper car at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
garden sign at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
frog spitting water
pond at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
flower in a pond at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
flower in a pond at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
flower in a pond at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
flowers at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
flower at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
sign for the restarurant at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
The Gardens Restaurant at Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Lee Duquette just had to ring the very loud bell at Chattanooga Choo-Choo each time he walked by it.

Lee ringing the very loud bell at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Lee ringing the very loud bell at Chattanoog Choo-Choo
Tennessee Heritage Trail signs
sign about Chattanooga
sign about military history of Chattanooga
Chattanooga Terminal Station sign
water fountain fun
water fountain fun
water fountain fun
water fountain fun
water fountain fun
night time light at Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Chattanooga Choo-Choo lit at night
Chattanooga Choo-Choo lit at night

FLASHBACK TO AUGUST 1977 & 1993

Karen on the
Chattanooga Choo-Choo in 1993

Brian and Renee on the
Chattanooga Choo-Choo in 1977

Karen Duquette on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo 1993
the children of the two RV Gypsies' on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo in 1977

Karen & Lee with their children, Brian and Renee in 1977. Renee never did like her photo taken and still doesn't even to this day.

Brian, Karen, Renee 1977
Brian, Lee, Renee 1977

An old Coca-Cola truck at Chattanooga Choo-Choo

An old Coca-Cola truck
An old Coca-Cola truck

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Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures
in  Chattanooga, Tennessee - July 19-21, 2014
You may visit these eight (8) sites in any order you choose.
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Chattanooga, Ross Landing & the water steps, sculptures & more

Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Incline Railway

Rock City

Ruby Falls - a waterfall in a cave

Point Park

A duck ride on the Tennessee River

Lookout Mountain Chattanooga West KOA in Trenton, Georgia

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have enjoyed all eight (8) sections, above, please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in Alabama: the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, botanical gardens and more