Great Southeastern Rail Days Festival

North Carolina Transportation Museum Hosts

2012 Great Southeastern Rail Days Festival

North Carolina Transportation Museum

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The Great Southeastern Rail Days Festival will be held Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 from noon to 5 p.m. The Rail Days Festival offers great fun for families, rail fans, and anyone with an interest in the golden age of railroading!  This years event will feature three passenger trains, including the steam powered caboose train, the 30th anniversary celebration of the Southern Railway and Norfolk & Western merger, music, magic, railroad artist Andy Fletcher and much more. This event promises to be bigger and better than ever before!

Visitors at the North Carolina Transportation Museum will be able to enjoy unlimited rides aboard three different passenger trains.  In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Norfolk Southern merger, the museum will have an N&W themed passenger train, a Southern themed passenger train and our Steam Engine Caboose Train all rolling down the tracks.

N&W EMD GP 30 No. 522 with Roanoke Chapter, NRHS, rolling stock and NS 5079 (just in case) rolling eastbound through Villamont en route to an equipment display engagement in Appomattox, VA for their Railroad festival. A slight touch of autumn is visible in the trees overhead. Photo by G. R. Harper

In addition to unlimited train rides, every ticket purchased includes rides on the Ash Pit Shuttle, allowing visitors to step into the cab of the Southern GP30 No. 2601 and the N&W #522 for a quick run up and down the rails. Or take a quick ride on the motor cars for a close-up view from the tracks.  For a small additional fee, visitors can take a spin on a 1925 turntable, the original turntable built as part of the Bob Julian Roundhouse, which orients locomotives and rail cars to be placed inside the Roundhouse.

The NC Transportation Museum offers the 2012 Great Southeastern

SPENCER, N.C. – The N.C. Transportation Museum is once again celebrating the golden age of railroading this June, but doing so in a bigger and better fashion than ever before. The Great Southeastern Rail Days Festival

Publish Date: 05/11/2012 16:48

Transportation Museum festival gets new name, adds activities

SPENCER — The N.C. Transportation Museum will once again celebrate the golden age of railroading in June, but this year’s event will debut a new name and more activities. Previously called Rail Days, the new Great

Publish Date: 05/13/2012 20:00

Norfolk Southern displays 20 diesel locomotives at NC Transportation SPENCER — Rail fans from as far as Japan and England will descend upon the N.C. Transportation Museum today and Wednesday for what has been hailed as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Publish Date: 07/02/2012 20:00

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