Won’t You Choo Choo Me Home




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.


Victorian Train Cars


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.


Grand Dome


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 Chattanooga Choo Choo

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.




  1. Jan Winther July 11, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    My dad was a huge Glen Miller fan, so I heard that tune a lot when I was a kid. It brings back some good memories.

    • Phillip July 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

      I’ve had that tune in my head all day, its great song!

  2. Len Saltiel July 11, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    Great shots and story Phil. I have a fondness for trains as you might have noticed. Well done.

  3. Jimi Jones July 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Wonderful series of shots, Phillip. Really like the write-up as well. I’m always interested in the history and back story of images.

    I may have opted to stay in the Victorian train car for a unique experience. 🙂

  4. Adam Allegro July 12, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Beautiful detail here in all your shots. I particularly like the sign and the roof. Great stuff…

    • Phillip July 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

      Thanks Adam! This sign is really neat, and when you see it you know that you are close. Well you are suppose to see it. When we arrived we actually turned in the wrong direction and drove looking for the bright sign. When all the time it was right behind us.

  5. Dave DiCello July 12, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    A nice, well rounded collection of shots here, with (and I agree with Adam) incredible details!

  6. Rob July 12, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Lovely series of photos! Glad this place is preserved; thanks for the reccomendation for a historic place to visit.

    • Phillip July 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

      Thanks Rob! We enjoyed our visit. The hotel is also next to a free shuttle that you can ride to the Aquarium, or you might choose to walk. We hiked it several times.

  7. DaniLew July 18, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    I learned something new today; I’ve never heard of the hotel but it is gorgeous! I need to put this one on my bucket list. Thanks Phillip.

    • Phillip July 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

      We first visited the Choo-Choo probably for our third anniversary. (We just celebrated our twenty-sixth.) We love historical things like this. They have several wonderful restaurants, but you’ve got to visit the Station House located there on the property. They have singing waiters and waitresses.

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