Cindy and I just returned from a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee for several days. We stayed the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo. The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel is located on the grounds of the old Chattanooga Terminal Station. Built in 1909 the station operated for almost 61 years until the last train departed on August 11, 1970.
The station was then sold to a group of investors who built the hotel. Visitors staying at the hotel can either stay in one of the 363 rooms located on the 24 acre complex or choose to stay inside a Victorian Train Car.
The beautiful Terminal Station lobby is located beneath an 85 foot free standing dome. The grand dome rest on four major steel supports, each of which is 75 feet apart.
The lobby is 68×82 feet and was one of the most attractive stations of its time.
The first Chattanooga Choo Choo was operated by the Cincinnati Southern Railroad. The passenger train departed Cincinnati, Ohio on March 5, 1880 and was the first to offer through passenger service to the south. Therefore, since all trains that were headed south had to pass through Chattanooga, the train was called the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
In 1940 the Glen Miller Orchestra recorded the world famous song “Chattanooga Choo Choo”. The words were written by Mack Gordon and the music by Harry Warren. The song was then featured in the movie “Sun Valley Serenade” and was performed by Tex Beneke and the Modernaires.