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2015 Rail Excursions

STEAM TRAIN EXCURSIONS COMING TO THE
TRI-CITIES/SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

STEAM TRAIN EXCURSIONS COMING

Scenery, history and nostalgia are just around the bend in two spring steam train excursions offered by Norfolk Southern Corp partnering with Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

The Radford Rambler ~ On Friday, June 26th, 2015, 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.

On Saturday, June 27 , 2015, the excursion train will operate from Bristol, VA to Bulls Gap, TN and return. There will be a station stop at the Elm St. Norfolk Southern Elm Street Station in Johnson City, TN. After leaving Johnson City, the train will pass through historic Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee. It will pass Washington College Academy, founded by Samuel Doak in 1780, the oldest school “west of the Alleghenies and south of River Ohio”. Next on the route is Limestone, birthplace of Davy Crockett, then Greeneville, the home of Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States. After descending into the lowlands, the train will arrive in Bulls Gap, TN. In Bulls Gap, passengers will have time to visit the small town with a chance to visit the Archie Campbell Birthplace along with the railroad museum and hotel.

The Saturday Bulls Gap excursion will also begin at the Bristol, VA Train Station. The train will depart at 9 am then arrive in Johnson City to board passengers at 10am. The train will arrive in Bulls Gap at 12 noon. The train will depart Bulls Gap at 2 pm, arriving at Johnson City at 4 pm then Bristol at 5 pm.

On Sunday, June 28, 2015 the Bristol to Radford, VA Special will bring out the glories of the season through the rolling Southwest Virginia hills while celebrating the grand return of 21st Century Steam with historic steam locomotive Southern Railway #4501 from Tennessee Valley Railway Museum in Chattanooga. This rare opportunity is being offered to communities along Norfolk Southern lines for display and periodic excursions.

The train’s route will take you through historic Abingdon, home of the world famous Barter Theatre and the Martha Washington Inn. Nearby is the famous route of the Virginia Creeper. The excursion will wind through the Virginia highlands, passing Emory & Henry College, Marion and Wytheville then will travel down Pulaski Mountain through a tunnel, and into the town of Pulaski. The train will then steam into the New River Valley and on to Radford, VA, where passengers will be able to enjoy the town with its many restaurants, shops and museums.

The Sunday trip to Radford will leave the Bristol, VA Train Station at 8 am.

The train will arrive in Radford at 12 noon. The train will depart Radford at 2:30 pm and arrive back in Bristol at 7:00pm.

Motive power for the Radford and Bulls Gap excursions will be steam locomotive Southern Railway #4501 built in 1911 (recently restored to service by TVRM in Chattanooga), with assistance from modern Norfolk Southern diesels as needed.)

For many passengers, these excursions will be a once-in–a-lifetime experience, not only to ride behind a steam locomotive, but also to see the hills and mountains from the unique perspective of the railroad while hearing the whistle echo in the hills and hollows of the beautiful Appalachian Region.

Friday, June 26 ~ Bristol, Virginia to Radford, Virginia

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.

First Class Coach: $150 (without meal; however this class will have access to complimentary snacks and drinks in the lounge area of car #6604) First Class Coach seating is provided in the lower section of car #9410 with comfortable reclining seats, foot rests, and seat-back tray tables.

Dome Seating: $275 (without meal; however this class will have access to complimentary snacks and drinks in the lounge area of car #6604)  Dome Seating is provided in one of two dome cars assigned to the train.

Observation Seating: $275 (without meal; however this class will have access to complimentary snacks and drinks in the lounge area of car #6604)  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.

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

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.

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.

For more information or to order tickets over the phone, call (423) 894-8028 between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday-Friday, or you can click BUY TICKETS below.

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

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

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.

For more information or to order tickets over the phone, call (423) 894-8028 between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday-Friday, or you can click BUY TICKETS below.

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