21st Century Steam

21CS NS

 

 

 

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

 

  • June 27 ~ Bristol to Bulls Gap
  • June 28 ~ Bristol to Radford
  • September 12 & 13 ~ Chattanooga to Cleveland

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Saturday, June 27 ~ Bristol, Virginia to Bulls Gap, Tennessee

 

The Lonesome Pine Special ~ This train will be pulled by steam locomotive #4501 with diesel assistance over Norfolk Southern’s Virginia Division main line (former Southern Railway) on a 156-mile round trip.  Passengers can detrain in Bulls Gap and box lunches will be provided to all riders.  Departure location will be from the Old N&W Depot on the corner of State St. and Martin Luther King Blvd., adjacent to the Tennessee/Virginia State Line (free parking available in lots within a two-block radius.)  Departure time from Bristol is 9:00am, arriving in Bulls Gap at 12:00 noon for a 2-hour layover, departing Bulls Gap at 2:00pm. Return to Bristol is scheduled for approximately 5:00pm.  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.  Note: Passenger stops will be made in Johnson City at 10:00am for loading, and 4:00pm for unloading.

 

Tickets start at $80 per seat for passengers age 3 & up, as shown below.  Everyone age 3 & up requires a ticket; under 3 is no charge if not occupying a seat, no food included.

 

Coach Class: $80 (with meal) ~  Coach Class seating is provided in temperature controlled modern cars with fixed back seats.

 

Deluxe Coach: $95 (with meal) ~ Deluxe Coach seating is provided in climate controlled vintage cars with reclining back seats.

 

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Sunday, June 28 ~ Bristol, Virginia to Radford, Virginia

 

The Radford Rambler ~ This train will be pulled by steam locomotive #4501 with diesel assistance over Norfolk Southern’s Virginia Division main line (former Norfolk & Western Railway) on a 220-mile round trip.  Passengers will be able to detrain in Radford to eat in one of the many restaurants in town.  (Food is not included in price.)   Departure location will be from the Old N&W Depot on the corner of State St. and Martin Luther King Blvd., adjacent to the Tennessee/Virginia State Line (free parking available in lots within a two-block radius.)  Departure time from Bristol is 8:00am, arriving in Radford at 12:00 noon for a 2½ hour layover, departing Radford at 2:30pm. Return to Bristol is scheduled for approximately 7:00pm.  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.  Note: Passenger stops will be made in Abingdon at 8:40am for loading, and 6:20pm for unloading.

 

Tickets start at $80 per seat for passengers age 3 & up, as shown below.  Everyone age 3 & up requires a ticket; under 3 is no charge if not occupying a seat, no food included.

 

Coach Class: $80 (without meal – see note about commissary car above)  Coach Class seating is provided in temperature controlled modern cars with fixed back seats.

 

Deluxe Coach: $95 (without meal – see note about commissary car above)  Deluxe Coach seating is provided in climate controlled vintage cars with reclining back seats.

 

 

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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.

 

(More information will be available soon)

 

 

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Details for future excursions will be posted as they become available, including trips originating in Macon (Sept 26 & 27) and Atlanta (Oct 3 & 4.)  

 

 

 


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