Spencer, NC--One of the most famous and iconic diesel locomotives ever built, the stainless steel Burlington Route E5 No. 9911a “Silver Pilot” from the collection of the Illinois Railway Museum, will join the parade of historic locomotives at the North Carolina Transportation Museum’s Streamliners at Spencer festival, May 29-June 1.
The 1940 E5 was one of 11 cab units of its type built in 1940 and is the only one remaining in the world. All were owned by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, also known as the Burlington Route, or subsidiaries. Union, Ill.-based Illinois Railway Museum often pairs the locomotive with the stainless steel Nebraska Zephyr trainset, which will not appear at the festival.
With the addition of the E5, this once-in-a-lifetime gathering of streamlined locomotives now includes 22 diesels and one steam locomotive, and gives the display an incredible assembly of Electro-Motive Division six-axle E-units for passenger service, from the N.C. Transportation Museum’s own Atlantic Coast Line E3 to E8s and a Union Pacific E9. Also attending and previously announced is Illinois Railway Museum’s Chicago & North Western F7 No. 411.
The N.C. Transportation Museum’s Streamliners at Spencer railroad festival has already seen ticket sales from 33 U.S. states and Canada. As an incentive for visitors wishing to travel by rail to the event, the museum has partnered with Amtrak to offer a 10% discount for passengers travelling to the Salisbury Station, located just a few miles from the Spencer museum. Available only for travel during the event days, those booking online may visit www.ncbytrain.org and enter coupon code V563 to receive the discount.
Complimentary shuttle service from Salisbury Station to the N.C. Transportation Museum will be available to Amtrak passengers throughout the event, excluding the Crescent and the Carolinian trains.
The May 29 – June 1 festival will include daytime and nighttime events, the N.C. DOT Display Train, the Amtrak Exhibit Train, tours inside attending locomotives, train rides pulled by these historic engines, appearances by railroad artist Andy Fletcher, heritage rail groups representing each engine, a massive number of photo opportunities and all the exhibits and historic buildings at the N.C. Transportation Museum. The full list of locomotives can be found on the museum’s event blog, “Streamliners Scoop,” available at www.nctrans.org
A special Preview Day, featuring the last of the engines to arrive, special train movements, site preparations and more will be held May 29. Tickets for the Preview Day are $40 per person in advance. Tickets will be $45 on the day of the event.
The Streamliners Celebration at the Station will be held the night of May 29 at the Salisbury Station to celebrate the event’s opening, featuring live music, guest speakers and a BBQ and chicken dinner for $20/person. Tickets for this event are limited and selling quickly.
Regular daytime admission to Streamliners at Spencer for activities running May 30 through June 1 will be $30 for adults and $20 for children per day if purchased in advance. The price increases to $35 for adults and $25 for children per day if purchased on the day of the event.
Nighttime photo shoots Thursday through Saturday will be $25 per person, per night.
Combo tickets and group discounts will be available, along with discounts for N.C. Transportation Museum members, Norfolk Southern employees and Amtrak employees. More information about the day-to-day operations and ticket prices are available online at www.nctrans.org.
Tickets are also available by calling 704-636-2889, ext. 237 or ext. 257. Local hotels are filling quickly, so early reservations are recommended. Information on hotels and other area attractions is available by calling the Salisbury-Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-332-2343.
The participation of all resident and visiting locomotives is subject to timely transportation and mechanical availability.
Streamliners at Spencer is made possible through the generous support of Norfolk Southern, Juniata Terminal Company, Salisbury-Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, CSX, Amtrak, North Carolina Railroad, FunTrainRides.com, Parsons-Brinckerhoff, Rouzer Motor Parts, McCarthy Rail Insurance and Rail Events Inc.