SPENCER, N.C. – The N.C. Transportation Museum last week announced the 25th and final unit to attend the Streamliners at Spencer event May 29 – June 1. More details about the daily happenings during the four day event are being finalized. Each day will represent a unique experience for rail fans.
Both passenger and freight trains will be running on site, pulled by these classic Streamliner locomotives of the 1930s through the 1950s. This will provide visitors an opportunity to ride behind the historic diesels and allow you multiple opportunities to photograph or video these locomotives. The N.C. Transportation Museum’s 57 acre site provides a number of locations where visitors can catch the action from different perspectives.
The afternoon of Thursday, May 29th, the Monticello Railway Museum’s Wabash F7A #1189 in the classic blue and white “Bluebird” paint will be featured along with Iowa Pacific’s E8A #515 in its Illinois Central inspired orange/brown. The engines will operate in push/pull service, the two locomotives positioned on opposite sides of the train and N.C. Transportation Museum passenger equipment in between.
On the morning of Friday, May 30, the passenger train will feature the museum’s own newly overhauled Southern Railway E8 #6900 in its green “Crescent” paint along with Union Pacific’s E9 #949 in classic Armour Yellow.
Friday afternoon will see freight action with the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society is providing a real treat with gray/maroon/yellow Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western F3A #663, F7B #665, and F3A #664. The units will be positioned in an A-B-A lash up of freight units, including the oldest operating F3s in existence.
The morning of Saturday, May 31st will see more freight action, powered by the American Locomotive Company (ALCo). Monticello Railway Museum’s Canadian National (CN) FPA-4 #6989, painted in CN green and yellow, will provide plenty of photo ops.
Saturday afternoon the passenger train returns with power supplied by the Illinois Railway Museum’s Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy E5 #9911A with its gleaming stainless steel. That engine will be joined by the New Haven FL9 #2019, courtesy of the Railroad Museum of New England. The 2019 is just out of the paint shop in all her orange, white and black glory. These are two very rare locomotives.
The morning of Sunday, June 1 will feature the Illinois Railway Museum’s Chicago & North Western F7 #411 in that railroad’s classic green and yellow paint scheme along with the Juniata Terminal Company’s Pennsylvania Railroad E8 #5711 in the Pennsy’s maroon and yellow. The afternoon brings a pair of F7 cousins, the blue/gray Baltimore and Ohio #722 from Eagle Canon and the blue/yellow Chesapeake and Ohio #8016 from the C&O Historical Society.
It is a very rare opportunity to see twelve historic Streamliner locomotives running up and down the tracks. Streamliners at Spencer promises to be a once in a lifetime event.
Further details about day and night time operations will be announced in the coming days and weeks as the event approaches.
As with all vintage equipment, the N.C. Transportation Museum reserves the right to substitute locomotives if operational issues occur.
More information on the attending locomotives can be found on the museum’s event blog, “Streamliners Scoop,” available at www.nctrans.org.
The participation of all resident and visiting locomotives is subject to timely transportation and mechanical availability.
During the 4 day rail festival, visitors will enjoy special operations for all locomotives on site, daytime locomotive portraits, nighttime photo shoots, the display trains and more.
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.
A special Streamliners Celebration at the Station will be held the night of May 29 at the nearby Salisbury station, featuring 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 are available online at www.nctrans.org.
The museum has partnered with Amtrak to offer a coupon code for 10% off travel by rail to Salisbury Station, 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. Shuttle service will run between Salisbury Station and the museum , but excludes the Crescent and the Carolinian trains.
Tickets are available online at www.nctrans.org or by calling (704) 636-2889 ext. 237 or ext. 257.
Streamliners at Spencer is made possible through the generous support of Norfolk Southern Corporation, Juniata Terminal Company, Salisbury-Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, CSX, Amtrak, BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific, North Carolina Railroad, FunTrainRides.com, Parsons-Brinckerhoff, Trains Magazine, Rouzer Motor Parts, PPG Industries, Atlantic Petroleum, McCarthy Rail Insurance and Rail Events Inc.