Southern No. 630 Short Trip Steam Excursions April 13

Release date: 2/26/2013


The Southern Railway 630 Steam Locomotive Returns for “21 Century Steam Excursions”
 
 
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CONTACT: Mark Brown
                      Information & Communication Specialist
                      (704) 636-2889, ext 240
 
The N.C. Transportation Museum Offers 90-Minute Round Trip Steam Locomotive Excursions April 13
 
SPENCER, N.C. – The N.C. Transportation Museum welcomes back the Southern Railway 630 steam engine. This visiting locomotive will offer visitors a 90 minute journey back in time to the days before interstate highways, passenger air travel and the hustle and bustle of modern transportation. Trips are scheduled at 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. April 13. 
The trips are offered through a partnership between Norfolk Southern Railroad and the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum called 21st Century Steam. The program sends steam engines along NS Corporation railroad lines for display and excursions.
Offered at the N.C. Transportation Museum last year for the first time since 1994, the trips will again include a 90 minute roundtrip journey to Barber, N.C. The coal fired No. 630 will head the train, with diesel assistance to complete the trip. These excursions allow families to experience the excitement of travel by rail and riding along in vintage passenger cars pulled by a century old steam locomotive.
The No. 630 was built in 1904 and spent half its life in regular service, pulling freight trains in North Carolina. Retired in the late 1950s, the No. 630 was used for steam excursions in the 60s and 70s, then again retired in the late 1980s.  At the turn of the century, the No. 630 underwent a 10-year restoration before returning to the rails under the 21st Century Steam moniker. 
             This year’s trips will be offered Saturday, April 13th at 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Coach seating is $40 for adults and $30 for children ages 3-12. Kids ages 2 and under who will ride on the lap of a parent or guardian do not need a ticket. Tickets are available at www.nctrans.org or by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 237.
The trips will also include a circle of history. As passengers depart the museum grounds, they will pass by the Barber Junction Depot. This building was moved from the town of Barber, our excursion turnaround point, where it served as an arrival and departure station for train travelers through 1968.
Eventually, restored to its original luster, Barber Junction Depot now serves as the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Visitor’s Center and departure point for the regular on-site train ride.
 
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About the N.C. Transportation Museum
The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.