American Queen Riverboat Tour
Oct 23 all-day

American Queen Riverboat Tour

Leader: Bruce Tatum

Date and Time: Monday, October 23, 2017 meet at 12:15PM for a 12:30PM tour.

Meeting place: Ross Landing Parking Lot

Description: Join the PSC for a tour aboard the American Queen Riverboat while docked here in Chattanooga. The American Queen was built in 1995, it is the largest steamboat ever built. It is 418 feet in length and 89 feet wide.  It has 6 decks and is 109.5 feet high. Powered by steam and diesel-electric engines and carries a crew of 160. Our tour begins on the gangway with an instructional introduction providing details and history of the boat and answering any questions. We will then be allowed to tour and photograph the boat at our leisure until 2:30PM.

Directions: Riverfront Parkway to parking lot across from The Southern Belle Riverboat.

Trip duration: Tour lasts 1 1/2 hour.

Admission: Free Admission Limited to the first 20 Participants.

For Security purposes the American Queen requires each participant submit their current Driver’s License # and DOB when signing up for the trip. The deadline is October 1, 2017.

Email these to me and I will forward them to the American Queen Steamboat Company.


Suggested Equipment: Wide angle, telephoto lenses. No tripods will be allowed on the tour.

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Summerville Steam Special Chase
Oct 28 all-day

Summerville Steam Special Chase

Date: Saturday October 28, 2017

Leaders: Bruce Tatum, Bob Blevins

Meeting place and time: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum at 8:00AM


We will meet at the depot at 8:00 and photograph there until 8:30. We will leave the depot and proceed to the first location.  The Summerville Steam Special is scheduled to depart the depot at 9:00 am.  These times are approximate guidelines.  Some people may want to skip one here and there to ensure they have plenty of time to make the stop they are interested in photographing.

  • West side of Missionary Ridge Tunnel by 9:00.  Train usually gets there by 9:15.  (Requires parking and climbing a small, but steep embankment and a short hike)
  • Holtzclaw Ave. at National Cemetery by 9:30 am.  (Will require leaving Missionary Ridge quickly.  If train has already gone by we can go to next spot.)
  • Rossville at Peerless Woolen Mill (or Old Rossville Mills) by 9:45 am. 
  • McFarland Gap Rd. overpass by 10:00 am.  (Limited parking at gas station.  There is a small place to park across the street, on same side as overpass)
  • Chickamauga Battlefield at Wilder Tower by 10:45 am. (I recommend getting there ASAP for parking, especially if we have a large group)            

This is where the schedule varies because sometimes the train will stop at Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga and let passengers off, back the train up, do a drive by so the passengers can get photos of the train.  Other times, they will stop at North West Georgia Technical College on the return from Summerville.  (Being late October, I would think that if they stop it would be at Oakwood on the trip down.)

  • Rock Spring at the old Dr. Office by 11:15 am. 
  • LaFayette, Ga.  There is one spot here that I like, but it is dependent on fall colors.
  • Trion, Ga. at Mt. Vernon Mills. There is a bridge there that makes for a good photo op.  (Should be plenty of time to get there from the Rock Spring location before the train arrives.)
  • Summerville Train Depot.  I rarely take pics here because there are always a lot of people milling about when the train comes.  But there is a turn table for turning the engine around)

Return photo ops;     

  • Downtown Chickamauga. Two good locations here; Either at the old train depot or at Crawfish springs where there is a bridge crossing the spring.
  • McFarland Gap Rd.  This stop is better on the return trip because it is an uphill grade for the train, and they usually produce more steam then.) In case it was missed on the trip down, this location is good from either direction.
  • Bridge over Chickamauga Creek just before train returns to TVRR depot.  This spot is best photographed on the return as well.


Directions: Highway 153 to Exit 3, West on Jersey Pike, right on Cromwell Rd, follow to TVRM on right.

Address: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

4119 Cromwell Rd

Chattanooga TN 37421


Trip duration: All Day

Admission: None

Suggested Equipment: Wide angle and telephoto lenses, tripod, waterproof boots (for wet grass)

Food Available: No, bring snacks and water.  Lunch can be somewhere along the route between stops.

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2017 Christmas Banquet
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The annual PSC Christmas banquet and contest results will be on Thursday, December 21, 2017.  Dinner will be catered again this year and served at 6pm.

Menu this year will be:

  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Roasted Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Wild Rice
  • Mixed Baby Greens
  • Rolls
  • Cheesecake – plain with 2 topping options
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Sweet/Unsweet tea

The cost per plate will be $15 and RSVP is required by Friday, December 15th.   You may make reservation at the October or November meetings, by emailing Angela at, or by PayPal through our website.

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