2016 AUTUMN TRAIN EXCURSIONS
Once again, the North Carolina Transportation Museum and Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum are teaming up to offer two wonderful railroad excursions in the Fall.
Spencer and Greensboro, NC to Charlottesville, VA
Saturday, October 29th, 2016
Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., Saturday's "Virginia Autumn Special" will offer a second passenger pick-up at the Greensboro Amtrak Station at 8 a.m., allowing those living in the Triad a more convenient boarding opportunity. Passing through the North Carolina cities of Thomasville, High Point and Reidsville, and the Virginia cities of Danville, Lynchburg and Oak Ridge, passengers will experience beautiful views of the Piedmont and rolling hills of the Carolinas and the western part of Central Virginia.
In Charlottesville, travelers will have nearly three hours to explore the historic downtown area. A short walk takes you to the downtown outdoor mall, considered one of the finest urban parks in the country. Unique shopping and dining opportunities can be found in boutiques, specialty wine, coffee and tea shops and outdoor dining spots. Travelers may also enjoy relaxing walks under a lush, leafy tree canopy. Departing Charlottesville at 3 p.m., the train will arrive back in Greensboro at 6:45 p.m. and Spencer at 8 p.m.
Spencer, NC and Spartanburg, SC to Toccoa, GA
Sunday, October 30th, 2016
The "Georgia Autumn Special" will depart from Spencer, N.C., with additional passenger pick up at the Spartanburg Amtrak Station. Nestled into the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the historic town will be bustling with activity during the 40th annual Harvest Festival. Passengers will have approximately three hours to enjoy the festival, which features handmade, handcrafted and home-grown items from more than 200 vendors, as well as delicious regional foods, great entertainment on two stages, children and youth activities, buggy rides and much more.
Toccoa Falls, named for the Cherokee word "Toccoah" meaning beautiful, is a must see. Located on the campus of Toccoa College, the 186-foot falls are 26 feet taller than Niagara Falls. Shuttle buses will be making a continuous loop between downtown Toccoa and Toccoa Falls.
Departing Toccoa at 3 p.m., the train will arrive back in Spartanburg at 6:15 p.m. and Spencer at 8 p.m.
- Tourist Class seating features the comfort and convenience of modern Amtrak passenger cars. Two seats, featuring adjustable backs, are on each side of the center aisle, with windows at each row. Passengers have the option to purchase a boxed lunch.
- Heritage Coach seating includes travel in refurbished "Heritage" cars that feature more spacious seating. This option also includes a boxed lunch served in a reusable tote.
- Deluxe Coach passengers ride in comfort with spacious seating, adjustable seat backs, leg rests and large windows to view the scenery. This seating class includes lunch on a vintage dining car, as well as complimentary light snacks and beverages onboard.
- First Class Premium seating is available onboard a selection of beautifully restored vintage parlor, lounge or business cars. Seating configurations vary between cars and may include table seating, club or compartment seating. This seating class includes breakfast and dinner on the dining car. Amenities include morning newspaper, light snacks and beverages onboard.
- Dome Class passengers are seated in the upper level of a glass dome-topped car and enjoy outstanding panoramic views. This seating class includes breakfast and dinner served at each passenger's seat or table, snacks, beverages and a morning newspaper. Please note: passengers will have to climb a short flight of stairs to reach their seating.
Ticket Prices and Ordering Information
|TOURIST CLASS: $160.00||HERITAGE COACH: $185.00|
|DELUXE COACH: $195.00||FIRST CLASS: $270.00|
|DOME CLASS: $299.00|
For more information on the trip, seating, and to order tickets, go to NCTM's event site or call (704) 636-2889 ext #224 or #237.
These one-day trips are presented by the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum and serve as fundraisers for both organizations.