Steam Train Excursions: Bulls Gap

  • Location: Bristol Train Staion, 101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • Date: 03-10-2013


On Sunday, March 10, 2013, the excursion train will operation Bristol, VA to Bulls Gap, TN and return.  There will be a station stop at the Elm St. Norfolk Southern Elm Street in Johnson City, TN.  After leaving Johnson City, the train will pass through historic Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee.  IT will pass Washington College Academy, founded by Samuel Doak in 1780, the oldest school “west of the Alleghenies and the south of River Ohio”.  Next on route is Limestone, birthplace of Davy Crockett, then Greeneville, the home of Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States.  After descending into the lowlands, the train will arrive in Bulls Gap, TN or Sunday destination.  In Bulls Gap, passengers will have time to visit the small town with a chance to visit the Archie Campbell Birthplace along with the railroad museum and hotel.

The Sunday Bulls Gap excursion will begin at the Bristol, VA Train Station at 9am and arrive in Johnson City to board passengers at 10am arriving at our destination at 12 noon.  The excursion will depart Bulls Gap at 2pm and arrive in Johnson City at 4pm and Bristol at 5pm.

For many passengers, this excursion will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, not only to ride behind a steam locomotive, but also to see the hills and mountains from the unique perspective of the railroad while hearing the whistle echo in the hills and hollows of the beautiful Appalachian Region.

Ticket cost is $65 per seat for passengers age 3 & up, everyone 3 & up requires a ticket.  Children under the age of 3 cannot occupy a seat.  The ticket does include a box lunch along with the train trip.  The train will include climate controlled heated and air conditioned cars along with rest rooms.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 423-894-8028 Office hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm or visit


Contact: Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum
Phone: 423-894-8028