• "21st Century Steam" NS Steam Excursions.

  • Discussion relating to the NS operations. Official web site can be found here: NSCORP.COM.
Discussion relating to the NS operations. Official web site can be found here: NSCORP.COM.
  by Champlain Division
 
It will probably be six to eight passenger coaches with 630 on the outbound end and the diesel on the inbound end. My friend says the official line-up is for four excursions on each day.
  by tvcigar
 
Thanks for the info...I need my tv station to allow me to cover the trips to and from Winston-Salem.
  by Jeff Smith
 
http://www.salisburypost.com/News/05271 ... museum-qcd
SPENCER — For the first time since 1994, you can ride behind a real coal-fired steam locomotive on mainline tracks in North Carolina when the N.C. Transportation Museum hosts passenger train excursions June 16 and 17. Part of the 21st Century Steam program, the trips are being offered in cooperation with Norfolk Southern Corp. and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

The 11/2-hour round trip journeys will be offered each day from the N.C. Transportation Museum to the town of Barber and back. Power will be a genuine Southern Railway steam locomotive, No. 630, built in 1904 and once used to pull freight trains in North Carolina.

These will be the only such trips offered in North Carolina in 2012 and are not expected to be repeated.

Trips will be offered both Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Coach seating is $35 for adults and $25 for children ages 3-12. Children ages 2 and under who will ride on the lap of a parent or guardian do not need a ticket.

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A bonus trip is scheduled June 23. Passengers can ride along on a one-way trip from Spencer to Winston-Salem with a bus trip back to the museum. This trip departs from the museum at 10 a.m., with arrival in Winston-Salem at 2 p.m. The train will again be pulled by the SR No. 630 with a diesel engine assisting. The $80 fare includes a box lunch and return shuttle to museum.

The 630 is a Consolidation-type (2-8-0) locomotive built at the Richmond, Va., works of American Locomotive Co. The locomotive operated throughout the Southern Railway system, including the famous Murphy Branch from Asheville to Murphy. Southern Railway used the locomotive from 1968 to 1977 on excursions, and TVRM concluded a 10-year restoration in 2011 at the Soule Shops complex in Chattanooga.
  by wurlitzer153
 
Foam season begins this weekend, everybody!

Today the 630 made her run down to Atlanta from Chattanooga in preparation for the weekend's operations. From there it's on to Spencer, NC.
  by Gadfly
 
wurlitzer153 wrote:Foam season begins this weekend, everybody!

Today the 630 made her run down to Atlanta from Chattanooga in preparation for the weekend's operations. From there it's on to Spencer, NC.
I'm assuming it will be coming up thru Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Charlotte, and to Spencer next week?

GF
  by Gadfly
 
I talked to a friend of mine this morning, a Signal Maintainer, and it is leaving (right now!) at 11:00 AM from Greenville, SC. and following the main line north to Spencer, NC. Speed= between 30-40 MPH. With a water stop in Spartanburg for 30 mins, that would put it into Charlotte at around 3- 3:30ish this afternoon, 5 June. I figure to camp out at Lowell, NC to see it by. :) Max Toomey (sic?), avid rail buff, who passed away last year would absolutely LOVE this! He'd be right there if he could just to see this! :)

GF
  by Jeff Smith
 
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  by Jeff Smith
 
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  by Jeff Smith
 
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  by charlie6017
 
Great shots........thanks for posting them, Jeff!

Charlie
  by Champlain Division
 
Wow! I made it into an NS company photograph!!! Well, I'm somewhere about the middle of the Atlanta Whitehall St. bridge behind the train where I was filming it. Here's a link to my YouTube page:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ChamplainDi ... ature=mhee
  by Jeff Smith
 
Excellent Rick! Thanks for sharing.
  by Gadfly
 
I visited Southern 630 and company last Saturday at Spencer where I was privileged to join other NS employees and retirees for the short trips up to Barber Junction and return. The train wasn't full, but the trip was fun enough. Very relaxing as we reminisced about the "old days" and the experiences we had on the railroad 20-30 years ago. GOSH! I can't believe its been 30 years since the merger! And here I am retired, an "old" man (HEY! Watch it!! :) ) of 64, and it seems just like yesterday.

Uncomfirmed railroad rumor has it Wick Moorman will be joining us at Spencer for the July 4 celebrations. Will he bring the NS Business train? Dunno. Another "railroad rumor"! ;) "They" say (whoever "they" is) that this will be a real humdinger of a celebration---probably one of the biggest events in the Transportation Museum's history. The museum people say that Norfolk Southern has really gone all out to make this a great historical event for both the company AND the museum! After all, there "must" be something TO it since NS went to great lengths to assemble all the representative locomotives in one place--something that is not likely to occur anywhere else. Lots of strings got pulled for this one!

So if you are planning to "foam" extensively, the time is NOW to plan to be at the NC Transportation Museum so you can REALLY "foam" up over these engines!! :)

It's gonna be a humdinger!!!!!!! ("They" SAY!) LOL!

GF