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21st Century Steam excursion train trips scheduled for June in North Carolina and Virginia

Norfolk, VA and Chattanooga, TN - May 25, 2012

 

If you have been waiting to ride a train behind a century-old steam locomotive, here is your chance.

As part of the 21st Century Steam program of Norfolk Southern and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, excursions are being offered in June in North Carolina and Virginia behind steam locomotive 630.

June 16-17, Spencer to Barber, N.C., and return

  • Host: North Carolina Transportation Museum
  • Train departures from museum: 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. each day
  • Route: Norfolk Southern “S-Line” between Spencer and Barber, 24-mile round trip
  • Power: steam locomotive 630 only (no diesels assisting)
  • Equipment: air-conditioned coaches with reclining seats and large picture windows
  • Fare: $35 adults, $25 children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under not occupying seats do not require tickets.

June 23, Spencer to Winston-Salem, N.C., one way (bus return)

  • Train departs North Carolina Transportation Museum 10 a.m.
  • Train arrives Winston-Salem 2 p.m.
  • Bus arrives North Carolina Transportation Museum 3 p.m.
  • Route: Norfolk Southern main line from Spencer to Greensboro, and NS “K-Line” from Greensboro to Winston-Salem
  • Power: steam locomotive 630 with diesels assisting
  • Equipment: air-conditioned coaches
  • Fare: $80. Includes box lunch and bus return to North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer.

June 24, Winston-Salem, N.C., to Roanoke, Va., one way (with bus connections from Roanoke and to Winston Salem)

  • Train departs Winston-Salem 10 a.m.
  • Train arrives Roanoke 3:30 p.m.
  • Route: Norfolk Southern “Punkinvine” line between Winston-Salem and Roanoke
  • Power: steam locomotive 630 with diesels assisting
  • Equipment: air-conditioned coaches
  • Fare: $95. Includes box lunch and bus transportation. For Roanoke-originating passengers, bus will depart Roanoke 7 a.m.; for Winston-Salem-originating passengers, bus will depart Roanoke within a half hour of train’s arrival in Roanoke.

Tickets for all trips are available through the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s website at www.tvrail.com.

Additional one-way excursions are planned in July and September. Check TVRM’s website or call 423-894-8028 for the latest information.

Southern Railway 630, the steam locomotive featured on these trains, is a Consolidation-type locomotive built in 1904 at the Richmond, Va., works of the American Locomotive Company. Number 630 pulled freight trains during the first half of the last century, mostly in North Carolina, and in the 1960s and ‘70s traveled extensively in excursion service throughout the Southeast. Small of size but big in character, this locomotive underwent an exhaustive 10-year rehabilitation at TVRM’s Soule Shops complex in East Chattanooga before returning to service in 2011. 

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum was founded in 1961 in Chattanooga to create an interpretive operating museum of historic equipment and artifacts in an authentic setting. Today it operates an extensive schedule of historic and scenic trains in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, supported by its East Chattanooga locomotive and shop complex. TVRM is the largest operating historical excursion railroad in the Southeast.

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.

21st Century Steam is a partnership between Norfolk Southern and TVRM to operate steam-powered excursions throughout the territory Norfolk Southern serves. More information is available on the 21st Century Steam website at www.21stcenturysteam.com.   

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Norfolk Southern contacts:
(Media) Robin Chapman, 757-629-2713 (robin.chapman@nscorp.com)

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum contacts:
(Media) Steve Freer, 423-331-4501 (sfreer@tvrail.com)
Robert Pettway, 423-503-5225 (pettman2001@yahoo.com)