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Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Specials

2014 Steam Train Excursion Schedule

Norfolk Southern has partnered with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) and Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society (FWRHS) to operate a series of special steam-powered excursions in 2014.

TVRM's Southern 2-8-0 #630 and 2-8-2 #4501 lead steam excursions in the Southeast, while FWRHS's Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions in the Midwest & Mid-Atlantic. The 2014 schedule is posted below along with links to purchase tickets. Both TVRM and FWRHS are in multi-year contracts with Norfolk Southern. Additional public excursions are expected with locomotives 630, 765, and 4501 in 2015 and beyond. Photos of past excursions may be found at SteamPhotos.com.

All steam moves over Norfolk Southern are limited to 40mph with service stops as necessary. Most excursions include a diesel directly behind the steam locomotive for protection and dynamic braking.

For a full schedule of railfan events nationwide, please see the Railfan Events & Excursions Calendar.

2014 SCHEDULE FOR SOUTHERN 2-8-0 #630

March 29: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Attalla, Alabama (174 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Chattanooga, with 2-1/4-hour layover in Attalla, returning approx. 5:45pm
*** Note this excursion will now be diesel-powered due to repairs of #630

March 30: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Oneida, Tennessee (282 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Chattanooga, with 2-hour layover in Oneida, returning approx. 7:00pm
*** Note this excursion will now be diesel-powered due to repairs of #630

April 5: Bristol, Virginia to Radford, Virginia (220 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Bristol, with 2.5-hour layover in Radford, returning approx. 7:00pm

April 6: Bristol, Virginia to Bulls Gap, Tennessee (156 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 9:00am from Bristol, with 2-hour layover in Bulls Gap, returning approx. 5:00pm

April 12 & 13 & 19: Grundy, Virginia to Devon, West Virginia (72 miles round-trip, two per day)
Departure Times: 9:00am (returning 1:00pm) & 3:00pm (returning 7:00pm)
Note: Devon is a wye located two miles north of Majestic, Kentucky

May 17-18: Cincinnati, Ohio to Danville, Kentucky (234 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Cincinnati, with 2-hour layover in Danville, returning approx. 6:00pm

May 31 - June 1: Lexington, Kentucky to Oneida, Tennessee (258 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Lexington, with 2-hour layover in Oneida, returning approx. 6:00pm

June 7: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Oneida, Tennessee (282 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Chattanooga, with 2-hour layover in Oneida, returning approx. 7:00pm

NOTE: #630 or #4501 will also power TVRM's Summerville Steam Specials from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia on October 4, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26, and November 1.

2014 SCHEDULE FOR NICKEL PLATE 2-8-4 #765

May 3-4: Elkhart, Indiana to Bryan, Ohio ("The Commodore Vanderbilt")
Norfolk Southern Employee Special - No Public Ticket Sales

May 10-11: Calumet City, Illinois to Argos, Indiana ("The Nickel Plate Limited")
Norfolk Southern Employee Special - No Public Ticket Sales

June 20-22: Train Expo 2014 - Owosso, Michigan to Alma, Michigan
Departure Times: Friday (8:00a), Saturday (2:00p), Sunday (8:00a)

July 5-6: Detroit, Michigan to Toledo, Ohio ("The Mercury Express")
Norfolk Southern Employee Special - No Public Ticket Sales

July 12-13: Detroit, Michigan to Fort Wayne, Indiana ("The Detroit Arrow") (320 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Allen Park, with 4-hour layover in Fort Wayne, returning approx. 8:00pm

SPONSORED LINKS

  SteamPhotos.com Railroad Photos & Prints

Past Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursions

Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam program began in 2012. Southern #630 operated a series of public excursions and NS 30th anniversary employee specials in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Nickel Plate #765 led a series of employee specials, traveling through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. The schedules for this inaugural year plus 2013 are archived below.

2013 SCHEDULE FOR SOUTHERN 2-8-0 #630

March 2: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Attalla, Alabama (174 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Chattanooga, with 2-1/4-hour layover in Attalla, returning approx. 5:45pm

March 7: Ferry move from Chattanooga, TN to Bristol, VA (240 miles via Knoxville)

March 9: Bristol, Virginia to Radford, Virginia (220 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Bristol, with 2.5-hour layover in Radford, returning approx. 7:00pm

March 10: Bristol, Virginia to Bulls Gap, Tennessee (156 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 9:00am from Bristol, with 2-hour layover in Bulls Gap, returning approx. 5:00pm

March 11: Ferry move from Bristol, VA to Roanoke, VA (150 miles)

March 16: Roanoke, Virginia to Walton (Radford), Virginia (80 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:30am from Roanoke, returning approx. 12:00pm

March 16: Roanoke, Virginia to Lynchburg, Virginia (100 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 1:30pm from Roanoke, returning approx. 6:00pm

March 17: Roanoke, Virginia to Lynchburg, Virginia (100 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 11:00am from Roanoke, returning approx. 3:30pm

March 18: Ferry move from Roanoke, VA to Norfolk, VA (260 miles via Lynchburg & Petersburg)

March 23: Norfolk, Virginia to Petersburg, Virginia (162 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 9:30am from Norfolk, with 2-hour layover in Petersburg, returning approx. 4:30pm

March 24: Ferry move from Norfolk, VA to Crewe, VA (140 miles via Petersburg)
March 25: Ferry move from Crewe, VA to Spencer, NC (225 miles via Lynchburg)

April 13: NC Transportation Museum (Spencer, North Carolina) to Barber Junction (28 mile round-trips)
Departure Times: 9:15am, 12:15pm, 3:30pm (1.5-hour round-trips)

April 14: Ferry move from Spencer, NC to Asheville, NC (140 miles)

April 20-21: Asheville, North Carolina to Old Fort, North Carolina (60 mile round-trips)
Departure Times: 8:00am & 1:00pm (4-hour round-trips)

April 22: Ferry move from Asheville, NC to Knoxville, TN (125 miles)
April 23: Ferry move from Knoxville, TN to Chattanooga, TN (110 miles)

September 7-8: Tennessee Valley Railfest - Chattanooga (TVRM) to Cleveland (44 miles round-trip)
Departure Times: 10am & 2pm

September 12: Ferry move from Chattanooga, TN to Birmingham, AL (approx. 150 miles)

September 14-15: Birmingham, Alabama to Parrish & Wilton
Routes: Birmingham to Parrish (82 miles round-trip) and Birmingham to Wilton (98 miles round-trip)
Departure Times: 8am (to Parrish) and 2pm (to Wilton)

September 16: Ferry move from Birmingham, AL to Chattanooga, TN (approx. 150 miles)

November 9: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Attalla, Alabama (174 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Chattanooga, with 2-1/4-hour layover in Attalla, returning approx. 5:45pm

November 10: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Oneida, Tennessee (282 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 8:00am from Chattanooga, with 2-hour layover in Oneida, returning approx. 7:00pm

November 14: Ferry move from Chattanooga, TN to Knoxville, TN (110 miles)

November 16-17: Knoxville, Tennessee to Asheville, North Carolina (256 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 7:30am from Knoxville, with 2-1/2-hour layover in Asheville, returning approx. 8:00pm

November 18: Ferry move from Knoxville, TN to Chattanooga, TN (110 miles)

2013 SCHEDULE FOR NICKEL PLATE 2-8-4 #765

May 9: Ferry move from Fort Wayne, IN to Rockport Yard in Cleveland, OH (185 miles)

May 11: NS Employee Specials (2) from Cleveland, OH (Rockport) to Lorain, OH (Fairlane) (46 miles round-trip)

May 12: Rocky River, Ohio to Bellevue, Ohio (100 miles round-trip)
Departure Time: 9am

May 13: Ferry move from Cleveland to Altoona via Conway Yard (service stop) and Horseshoe Curve (270 miles)

May 18-19: NS Employee Specials (2) from Altoona to Gallitzin, PA via Horseshoe Curve (25 miles round-trip)
Departure Times: 10:30am & 2:30pm
Note: The train will NOT be turned for these trips. 765 leads west, and the NS PRR heritage diesel leads east.

May 22: Turning move from Altoona to Gallitzin and return (25 miles)
May 23: Ferry move from Altoona, PA to Enola, PA (130 miles)

May 25-27: Lewistown, Pennsylvania to Gallitzin, Pennsylvania via Horseshoe Curve (160 mile round-trips)
Departure Time: 8am from Lewistown, with 2.5-hour layover in Altoona on return trip, returning approx. 4:30pm
Note: 765 and the trainset will deadhead to Enola Yard to be turned each evening after the excursion

May 29: Ferry move from Enola, PA to Conway, PA via Horseshoe Curve (265 miles)
May 30: Ferry move from Conway, PA to Bellevue, OH (165 miles)
May 31: Ferry move from Bellevue, OH to Fort Wayne, IN (120 miles)

October 26-27: Fort Wayne to Lafayette, Indiana (225 mile round-trips)
Departure Time: 8:30am, returning 6pm

2012 SCHEDULE FOR SOUTHERN 2-8-0 #630

May 31: Ferry move from Chattanooga, TN to Atlanta, GA (approx. 150 miles)

June 2-3: NS Employee Specials from Atlanta, Georgia
Route: Downtown Atlanta (Spring Street) to Forest Park and return (11 miles one-way)
Departure Times: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm

June 4: Ferry move from Atlanta, GA to Greenville, SC (approx. 150 miles)
June 5: Ferry move from Greenville, SC to Spencer, NC (approx. 160 miles)

June 9-10: NS Employee Specials from Spencer, North Carolina
Route: Spencer to Barber Jct. and return (12 miles one-way)
Departure Times: 9am & 12pm (Saturday), 12pm only (Sunday)

June 16-17: Public Excursions from NC Transportation Museum (Spencer, North Carolina)
Route: Spencer to Barber Jct. and return (12 miles one-way)
Departure Times: 9am, 12:15pm, 3:30pm

June 22: Photo Charter at NC Transportation Museum
Southern #630 will be posed with vintage freight cars at the roundhouse and other shop areas.
Photos: SteamPhotos.com Southern 630 Gallery

June 23: Public Excursion from NC Transportation Museum to Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Route: Spencer - Greensboro - Winston-Salem one-way w/ bus return (approx. 70 miles one-way)
Departure Time: 10am, with arrival in Winston-Salem approx. 2:00pm

June 24: Public Excursion from Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Roanoke, Virginia
Route: Winston-Salem to Roanoke one-way w/ bus return  (approx. 120 miles one-way)
Departure Time: 10am, with arrival in Roanoke approx. 3:30pm
Photos: SteamPhotos.com Southern 630 Gallery

June 30 - July 1: NS Employee Specials from Roanoke, Virginia
Route: Roanoke to Walton and return (36 miles one-way)
Departure Times: 9am & 2pm

July 7: Public Excursion from Roanoke to Bristol, Virginia
Route: Roanoke (O. Winston Link Museum) to Bristol one-way w/ bus return (approx. 150 miles one-way)
Departure Time: 9am from Roanoke, 1:45pm from Pulaski, with arrival in Bristol approx. 4:45pm
Now powered by NS heritage diesel #1065 (Savannah & Atlanta) due to mechanical issue with #630

July 8: Public Excursion from Bristol, Virginia to Knoxville, Tennessee
Route: Bristol (Union Station) to Knoxville one-way w/ bus return (approx. 130 miles one-way)
Departure Time: 10am from Bristol, 11am from Johnson City, with arrival in Knoxville approx. 3:00pm
Now powered by NS heritage diesel #1065 (Savannah & Atlanta) due to mechanical issue with #630

July 12: #630 ferry move from Roanoke, VA to Bristol, VA (approx. 150 miles)
July 13: #630 ferry move from Bristol, VA to Knoxville, TN (approx. 130 miles)

July 14-15: NS Employee Specials in Knoxville, Tennessee
Route: Knoxville to Alcoa (13 miles one-way)
Departure Times: two trips per day

July 16: #630 ferry move from Knoxville, TN to Chattanooga, TN

September 1-2: Public Excursions during Tennessee Valley Railfest
Route: Chattanooga (TVRM) to Cleveland and return (22 miles one-way)
Departure Times: 10am & 2pm

September 13: Ferry move from Chattanooga, TN to Birmingham, AL (approx. 150 miles)

September 15-16: NS Employee Specials in Birmingham, Alabama
Route: Irondale to Birmingham 14th Street (6 miles one-way)
Departure Times: 9am, 12pm, 2pm

September 22-23: Public Excursions in Birmingham, Alabama
Routes: Birmingham to Parrish (41 miles one-way) and Birmingham to Wilton (49 miles one-way)
Departure Times: 8am (to Parrish) and 1:30pm (to Wilton)

September 24: Ferry move from Birmingham, AL to Chattanooga, TN (approx. 150 miles)

November 10: Public Excursion from Chattanooga to Attalla, Alabama
Route: Chattanooga (TVRM) to Attalla and return (94 miles one-way) over NS Alabama Division main
Departure Time: 8am

November 11: Public Excursion from Chattanooga to Harriman, Tennessee
Route: Chattanooga (TVRM) to Harriman and return (80 miles one-way) over NS Central Division main
Departure Time: 8:30am

NOTE: #630 also powers TVRM's Summerville Steam Specials from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia on October 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3.

2012 SCHEDULE FOR NICKEL PLATE 2-8-4 #765

July 20: Ferry move from Fort Wayne, IN to Bellevue, OH (departing approximately 10am)

July 21-22: NS Employee Specials from Bellevue, Ohio
Route: Bellevue to Bucyrus and return (33 miles one-way)
Departure Times: Saturday - 9am, 12pm, 3pm; Sunday - 9am, 12pm

July 23: Ferry move from Bellevue, OH to Toledo, OH (Homestead Yard)

July 28-29: NS Employee Specials in Toledo, Ohio
Route: Homestead Yard (Toledo) to Maumee and return (15 miles one-way)
Departure Times: 11a, 2pm (both days)

July 30: Ferry move from Toledo, OH to Portsmouth, OH
July 31: Ferry move from Portsmouth, OH to Williamson, WV

August 4-5: NS Employee Specials from Williamson, West Virginia
Routes: Williamson to Ought-One (morning trip each day, 27 miles each way)
                Williamson to Naugatuck (afternoon trip each day, 14 miles each way)
Departure Times: Saturday - 9am, 12pm; Sunday - 10am, 1pm
Note: there is no wye to turn the train in Williamson

August 6: Ferry move from Williamson, WV to Columbus, OH
August 7: Ferry move from Columbus, OH to Pittsburgh, PA (Conway)

August 11-12: NS Employee Specials near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Routes: Conway Yard to Bellevue (18mi. each way), Conway Yard to Homewood Jct. (12mi. each way)
Departure Times:
   Saturday - 9am (Bellevue), 12pm (Homewood), 3pm (Bellevue), 6pm (Homewood - no passengers)
   Sunday - 9am (Bellevue), 12pm (Homewood)
Note: the Bellevue trips will turn on OC Bridge, backing down the east leg of the wye

August 13: Ferry move from Pittsburgh (Conway) to Harrisburg (Enola), departing 10am

August 18-19: NS Employee Specials in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Route: Enola Yard over the Rockville Bridge to CP Capitol and return (8 miles one-way)
   (train will be turned at CP Capitol and CP Mary, backing into Enola Yard)
Departure Times: Saturday - 9am, 12pm, 3pm; Sunday - 12pm, 3pm
Photos: SteamPhotos.com Rockville Bridge Gallery

August 20: Ferry move from Harrisburg (Enola) to Pittsburgh (Conway)
   departing approx. 6am with service stop in Altoona (9th St. & 9th Ave.) and crew change at Cresson
August 21: Ferry move from Pittsburgh, PA (Conway) to Bellevue, OH, via Alliance, Mansfield & Bucyrus
   departing approx. 8am with crew change in Mansfield
August 22: Ferry move from Bellevue, OH to Fort Wayne, IN (without diesel)

September 5: Ferry move from Fort Wayne, IN to Decatur, IL
September 6: Ferry move from Decatur, IL to St. Louis, MO

September 8-9: NS Employee Specials in St. Louis, Missouri
Route: Berkeley to St. Peters and return (13 miles one-way)
  (note: return trips to Berkeley will be led by a Norfolk Southern diesel)
Departure Times: 9am, 12pm

September 10: Ferry move from St. Louis, MO to Decatur, IL
September 11: Ferry move from Decatur, IL to Fort Wayne, IN
 

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