Tickets Still Available for the N.C. Transportation Museum's Autumn Train Excursions

Release date: 10/1/2013

Tickets Still Available for the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Oct. 13 Autumn Day Trip Excursion to Asheville, N.C.
CONTACT: Mark Brown
                      Information & Communication Specialist
                      (704) 636-2889, ext 240
A unique journey and a great destination await travelers to Asheville on the Autumn Train Excursion
The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum are again sponsoring Autumn Train Excursions, day trips by rail to great destinations.
These annual train excursions happen one weekend per year, with two great destinations featured. This year’s excursion to Charlottesville, Va., Oct. 12, has already sold out. However, tickets still remain for the “Blue Ridge Special,” a daytrip to Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 13.  Providing amazing views of the changing leaves and a rare journey by rail, getting there is truly half the fun.
               The "Blue Ridge Special" will travel through the western North Carolina Piedmont, into the foothills and on to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., the train will roll through the cities of Statesville, Hickory, Morganton, Marion, Black Mountain and Swannanoa. The train will cross the Catawba Rive on a large trestle then twist through the famous loops near Old Fort. This engineering marvel takes us over the Blue Ridge on a 13-mile twisting route that pierces several tunnels and nearly crosses over itself several times. The views are breathtaking from the train. 

Passengers will have nearly three hours for an outing at Biltmore Village. Established in the late 1890s as a planned community near the entrance of the Biltmore estate, Biltmore Village offers shopping in unique, locally-owned boutiques. Passengers can dine in restaurants and walk along brick sidewalks that parallel tree-lined streets. All of this will be enjoyed alongside spectacular views of the North Carolina mountains.

Departing Asheville at 3 p.m., the "Blue Ridge Special" will return to Spencer at 8 p.m.
Only tourist class seating remain for the trip to Asheville, N.C. Featuring the convenience and comforts of modern Amtrak travel, each car has a center aisle with two adjustable seats and a wide window on each side. This seating area provides convenient access to the souvenir and cafe cars. Tourist class seating is $150 per person.
            Additional amenities available to travelers include a gourmet boxed lunch. Delivered to your seat, passengers can save time for shopping and sightseeing. Served in a souvenir tote, the meal includes a half turkey wrap, pasta salad, tortilla chips and salsa, a cookie and drink. This option is $15 per person and available only in advance with ticket purchase.
Travelers can also take home a souvenir T-shirt. Featuring the “Autumn Rails” logo, these T-shirts will be distributed with passenger boarding passes. T-shirts are $20 each and are available in green or rust. Photos of the T-shirt design are available at
Travelers wishing to expand their journey into an entire weekend can also take advantage of packages that include the Autumn Train Excursion and Historic Salisbury Foundation’s Annual OctoberTour of Historic Homes. OctoberTour, taking place in Salisbury, just three miles from the N.C. Transportation Museum, provides a close up look at Salisbury’s private, historic buildings and allows visitors to experience the city’s charm in a few of the ten districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
            Trolley rides, living history encampments, food, artists and music make this an event not to miss. As an added bonus, the first 200 people to purchase OctoberTour and Excursion tickets will receive free Downtown Dollars to spend at participating downtown Salisbury stores.
Excursion passengers can experience OctoberTour at a special rate of $18 per person, when adding OctoberTour to their Excursion ticket purchase.
            OctoberTour and the Autumn Train Excursions, due to scheduling, cannot be experienced on the same day. Those traveling on the Asheville excursion will purchase tickets to the Saturday, Oct. 12 OctoberTour. Please note that those buying ticket packages will be responsible for their own overnight accommodations.
Tickets are on sale and now can be purchased by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 237 or visiting online at

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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 North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.
NCDCR 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. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit