SPENCER, N.C. – A special preview night photo shoot, a sneak-peak of sorts of the upcoming Streamliners at Spencer night photo opportunities, will be offered at the N.C. Transportation Museum April 5. This night photo shoot will feature professional lighting, the N.C. Transportation Museum’s own classic rail equipment and will be offered for just $10 per participant.
The night photo session will be conducted by Mountain State Railroad and Logging Historical Association of Cass, W. Va., the same group that will be lighting the night photo shoots during Streamliners at Spencer May 29 – June 1. MSR&LHA is the non-profit support organization for the state-run Cass Scenic Railroad and has provided the night photo session lighting for the Cass Scenic Railroad's annual Railfan Weekend for more than 30 years. They have also provided the night photo lighting for Train Festival in Owosso, Mi; Rock Island, Ill.; and others.
The April 5 opportunity will serve as a test run for the upcoming Streamliners railroad festival. This test shoot will feature the N.C. Transportation Museum’s historic locomotives and infrastructure, including the Atlantic Coast Line E3 #501, Southern Railway FP7#6133, Beaufort and Morehead Fairbanks-Morse H-12-44#1860 and a Baldwin AS-416 from the original Norfolk SouthernRailway that ran between Charlotte, Raleigh, and Norfolk, Va.
The test session will provide photographers the opportunity to experience different scenes and lighting that will be featured during Streamliners at Spencer May 29- June 1. During the Streamliners “main event,” three total nights of photo sessions will provide a variety of unique angles and opportunities to photograph first generation diesel locomotives in different poses and scenes. High quality static lighting will allow for flexibility in scenes and composition.
Night photo scenes will include the Bob Julian Roundhouse with illumination provided by static lights and studio lights, comparable to the Norfolk Southern 30th Anniversary Heritage celebration in 2012. Additional scenes and props will be used to produce a series of high quality night photo sessions.
All through the 4-day Streamliners at Spencer rail festival, visitors will enjoy special operations for all locomotives on site, daytime locomotive portraits, night photo shoots, display trains and more.
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.
Those who purchase their tickets by midnight, March 31, will receive a special bonus—a signed poster of rail artist Andy Fletcher’s renderings of the event’s attending locomotives. Posters can be picked up on the day of the event.
A Streamliners Celebration at the Station the evening of May 29 at the nearby Salisbury station will feature live music, guest speakers and a BBQ and chicken dinner for $20/person.
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 is available online at www.nctrans.org.
The participation of all resident and visiting locomotives is subject to timely transportation and mechanical availability.
Tickets for Streamliners at Spencer are available online at www.nctrans.org or by calling (704) 636-2889 ext. 237 or ext. 257.
Tickets for the April 5 night photo shoot will be $10 per person and are available on the day of the event only, with the session running from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.