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Address: 2560 University Commons Way, Knoxville, TN 37919-5592
Phone Number: +1 865-524-9411
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Guests aboard the excursion train enjoy a nearly 2 hour trip along the...

Guests aboard the excursion train enjoy a nearly 2 hour trip along the Tennessee River. Beginning the journey in Downtown Knoxville, the Rambler travels past historical sites to the “Three Rivers Trestle” where the French Broad and Holston Rivers join to form the Tennessee River.

Along the route, the Three Rivers Rambler passes by beautiful farmland, Knoxville’s first settlement area, and several quarries that were mined to build our nation’s Capital. The uniformed conductor and volunteer staff are well-versed in the local history and welcome questions during the 11-mile trip.

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Three Rivers Rambler--a bit of history in Knoxville Tennessee

Enjoyable ride through a portion of Knoxville that I had never seen. I especially like the area where the Holston and French Broad Rivers meet to form the Tennessee River. Really... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 November 2016
Gary H
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Rocky Top, United States

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The reviews don't do this wonderful trip justice. Each car was beautifully decorated, the staff was professional and courteous and the added touches of providing a Christmas bell, the history of the area, cocoa and a gingerbread cookie were very special. It will be a yearly event for our family. Fun for the entire family!

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Rocky Top, United States
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Enjoyable ride through a portion of Knoxville that I had never seen. I especially like the area where the Holston and French Broad Rivers meet to form the Tennessee River. Really enjoyed the live guitar/banjo music that was played in our car for much of the trip. Most enjoyable was seeing the expression on my 3 1/2 year old grandson's... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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350 reviews
176 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had a great time overall on our train ride. We decided to seat ourselves in the open air car which we normally do on other train rides we've been on. The day was so beautiful you could want to sit inside. We departed the station and headed down town I guess it was towards the University of Tenn. Stadium.... More 

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ThreeRiversRambler, Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Jeff, Thank you for the review! We appreciate hearing your feedback and will work to improve in the future! Best, 3RR Crew More 

Spartanburg, South Carolina
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108 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our trip on the train on a beautiful day. We made a last minute decision to board and really enjoyed the musician, the inexpensive snacks and the rid easler itself. Make sure you choose to ride on the open air portion of the train to really enjoy the ride and scenery.

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ThreeRiversRambler, General Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review and photo - we're glad you enjoyed the open air car and music! Best, 3RR Crew More 

Tennessee
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146 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

The four of us wanted to take an afternoon train excursion. We learned about the "Vintage Baseball Express" via the Three Rivers Rambler web site and booked our tickets online the evening before the event. Gratefully, the web site clearly explained how to get to the depot and where to park because the location is new enough that it might... More 

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ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

We are very pleased to hear that you had a good experience on your Vintage Baseball trip out to Ramsey House! Thank you for the kind review! More 

Berea, Kentucky
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36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

Went because I am a railfan and understood that the trip I took would be one of the rare occasions that this operations 1890 built steam locomotive would be operating. The train itself is great if you're a railfan. The steam locomotive and the rolling stock are kept in very nice shape and the train itself as well as the... More 

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ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear about this bad experience with the Vintage Baseball train. Based on this feedback, we are doubling our effort to inform every passenger of the different timeline of these baseball trains, whether that be on the website, Facebook, by phone or by email confirmation. We wanted to offer one type of train trip that was a... More 

Strawberry Plains,Tn
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2014

Family visiting for Thanksgiving, wanted to do something special, didn't want to go far away for a train ride with a Christmas theme. We knew scenery wasn't going to be great but thought we would try it. Train ride started late, 1/2 cup luke warm hot chocolate, no Christmas music, boy that would have made for a better time, train... More 

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Thank Richard G
ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience! We are always trying to improve and appreciate the feedback. In 2015, we changed our way of taking reservations to include online registration, automatic confirmation emails and emailed tickets to avoid any mistakes such as the one you encountered with your tickets. This also makes for a more seamless check-in, so we... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

The route has some good views, and some not-so-much. The train, itself, is the thing, and railway enthusiasts or families with young children will find it enjoyable. It was a bit confusing to find where we were to wait to board, when I rode, but they are in the process of building a depot at a very accessible location, so... More 

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ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Thanks for your thoughts! The Rambler Train Depot at 2560 University Commons Way is now complete which should cut down on boarding confusion in the future! There is now a platform and parking adjacent to our building as well. More 

Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

Obviously I was expecting a lot more than this train ride offers. The best part is at the end we passed over a trestle. Other than that the scenery includes a water treatment facility, a utility company, a dirt company, and pastures. The train travels for about 5 miles one way and then back to the depot, and this lasted... More 

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ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Hello Wanda, sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. Many of our trains have grown in the past few years to include more activities. Christmas especially includes a snack, hot chocolate, story time, a special guest from the North Pole and a few other surprises! Our Vintage baseball Trains (new in the past few years) takes a longer... More 

Kodak TN
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68 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

November 29th. Took the kids and the grand kids on the train ride. It was great. The old steam engine takes you up the Tennessee river to the very beginning of it. This is were the French Broad and Holston rivers meet to become the Tennessee. The train cars are warm and comfortable. They served hot chocolate and popcorn. Gave... More 

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ThreeRiversRambler, Assistant Manager at Three Rivers Rambler, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear your grand kids enjoyed their trip at Christmas. We've added a few surprised in the last few years as well, including a stationary engine in our front yard for everyone to check out. More 

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