Smoky Mountain Meanderings
Chattanooga Choo Choo

Frontage of Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel
The imposing frontage of the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn, formerly Chattanooga Terminal Station.  The former booking hall and waiting room is now the hotel lobby. Other front buildings now serve as offices and meeting rooms for conferences.  These buildings and the surrounding area are now in much better condition than in their latter days of railroad service, an example of sensitive adaptation and modernisation rather than straight preservation.
Former platforms, now gardens
View of the hotel gardens.  Three pairs of tracks have been filled in to form a pleasant formal garden.  Only two sets of platform awnings, those at either side of the garden, have been removed, however the columns remain in service as gas torches.
Between passenger cars
This was the walk from our room in one of the satellite blocks towards the lobby and the majority of hotel facilities.  The passenger cars, mostly former coach cars, have been converted into premium rate rooms - two per car.  Further up this platform are some catering cars providing some of the hotel's eating facilities, including one called "Dinner in the Diner".  The platforms are lit at night by gas lamps.
chatt03.jpg (35374 bytes)
THE Chattanooga Choo Choo (allegedly)!  A mogul loco dressed up as Cincinnati Southern #29 (!) representing the early railways of Chattanooga.   Behind the loco you can see the former service buildings of the station now serving as restaurants and gift shops (including the "All Aboard" Train Shop), plus upstairs the Chattanooga Southern model railroad.  You can also just see the ice cream kiosk in this comfortable, fun filled, well featured and family friendly hotel.
chatt05.jpg (35734 bytes)
"Just going to check that the car (auto) is OK in the car park (parking lot), dear (honey)!"  The view of the car park just outside of our hotel block.   Whilst there is plenty of amusement at this hotel for the railroad enthusiast (provided you do not take you hobby too seriously) it is also a good place to stay for both the family and on business.  At the end of our three night stay none of us, not even my wife and daughters, wanted to move on as we had enjoyed ourselves so much there.



all photographs are copyright

USA Index

Main Index