21st Century Steam


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21st Century Steam will bring historic steam locomotives from TVRM in Chattanooga, to communities along Norfolk Southern lines. 

 

As part of the Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Program, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) will be offering a limited number of public excursions. General admission seating will be provided in climate-controlled coaches with comfortable seats and large windows. A commissary car selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food items, along with souvenir items, will be part of the train.  Don’t miss this opportunity to ride a vintage train in many areas long removed from passenger service. Power is scheduled to be ex-Southern Railway 2-8-2 #4501 built in 1911 (recently restored to service by TVRM in Chattanooga), with assistance from modern Norfolk Southern diesels as needed.  See the Norfolk Southern press release here

 

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2015 SUMMER EXCURSION SCHEDULE

·    September 12 & 13 ~ Chattanooga to Cleveland
·    September 26 & 27 ~ Macon, GA to Tennille, GA
·    October 3 & 4 ~ Atlanta, GA to Toccoa, GA

 

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Saturday & Sunday, Sept 12 & 13 ~ Chattanooga, TN to Cleveland, TN

 

(Railfest) Sept 12 & 13: Chattanooga, TN to Cleveland, TN (two round trips per day; 10am & 2pm) - In conjunction with TVRM's "Railfest", round trip mainline excursion trains will operate from Chattanooga to Cleveland.  Departing from TVRM's Grand Junction Station, the train will travel to Cleveland through Ooltewah, using NS's Knoxville route.  Before beginning the return trip, the train will turn around on the wye track in Cleveland.  Passengers will remain on the train until it returns to Grand Junction.  It is expected these trips from Chattanooga to Cleveland will feature #4501 without diesel assistance.  A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food items.  A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.


Round trip tickets are $45 for adults and $40 for children (age 3-12) for coach seats.  Observation tickets are $75 for adults and $70 for children (age 3-12) for a view out the back of the train. (The above prices reflect inclusion of $25 adult or $20 child’s daily Railfest admission.)


To order excursion tickets, select a day and indicate the number of Railfest admissions; Excursion tickets are an “add on” when clicking through to the next screen.



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Saturday & Sunday, Sept 26 & 27 ~ Macon, Georgia to Tennille, Georgia


The Nancy Hanks Special ~ Macon, GA to Tennille, GA (two round trips per day; 8am & 2pm) - This train will be pulled by steam locomotive #4501 with diesel assistance over the Savannah District of Norfolk Southern’s Georgia Division  (former Central of Georgia Railway) on a 112-mile round trip.  Before beginning the return trip, the train will turn around on the wye track in Tennille.  Passengers will remain on the train until it returns to Macon.  Departure location will be the Macon Terminal Station (now owned by the Macon Transit Authority.)  The station is located at 600 5th Street in Macon, Georgia 31201 (free parking is available in lots in the immediate area.)  Departure times from Macon are 8:00am and 2:00pm, returning around 12:00 noon and 6:00pm respectively.  A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food items.  A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.


Standard Coach: $50 per ticket for everyone age 3 & up (under 3 is no charge if not occupying a seat.)  Standard coach seating is provided in temperature controlled modern cars with fixed back seats.


Deluxe Coach: $60 per ticket for everyone age 3 & up.  Deluxe Coach seating is provided in temperature controlled vintage cars with reclining back seats.


Observation Seating: $110 per ticket for everyone age 3 & up.  Observation Seating is provided in the round end observation area at the back of the train.  Seats rotate to allowing viewing to the side or towards the receding rails behind the train. Passengers in this car will have access to complimentary snacks and drinks.  

 

 

 

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Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4 ~ Atlanta, Georgia to Toccoa, Georgia


The Piedmont Limited ~ Atlanta, GA to Toccoa, GA - This train will be pulled by steam locomotive #4501 with diesel assistance over Norfolk Southern’s Piedmont Division main line (former Southern Railway) on a 180-mile round trip.  Passengers can detrain in Toccoa at the Amtrak platform for a two-hour layover to seek out lunch, shop at local stores, visit the Currahee Military Museum (housed in the Toccoa Railroad Station), or explore the area.  The Currahee Military Weekend will be in full swing, honoring the “Band of Brothers” paratroopers who trained at Camp Toccoa.  Departure location in Atlanta will be announced soon.  Departure time from Atlanta is 9:00am, arriving in Toccoa between 12:00 noon and 12:30pm for at least a two-hour layover, Departure from Toccoa is scheduled for 2:30pm, with return to Atlanta between 5:00pm and 5:30pm.  A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food items.  A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.  


Standard Coach: $95 per ticket for everyone age 3 & up (under 3 is no charge if not occupying a seat.)  Standard coach seating is provided in temperature controlled modern cars with fixed back seats.


Deluxe Coach: $105 per ticket for everyone age 3 & up.  Deluxe Coach seating is provided in temperature controlled vintage cars with reclining back seats.


Observation Seating: $195 per ticket for everyone age 3 & up.  Observation Seating is provided in the round end observation area at the back of the train.  Seats rotate to allowing viewing to the side or towards the receding rails behind the train. Passengers in this car will have access to complimentary snacks and drinks.

 

 

 

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Details for future excursions will be posted as they become available.  

 

 

 


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