Steam on the ‘Punkin Vine’ and the ‘Rat Hole’

In addition to the employee excursions already announced, Norfolk Southern has announced a series of ’21st Century Steam’ public excursions, and 630 will be taking the road less traveled from Salisbury to Roanoke in June:

As part of the 21st Century Steam program of Norfolk Southern and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, excursions are being offered in June in North Carolina and Virginia behind steam locomotive 630.

June 16-17, Spencer to Barber, N.C., and return
Host: North Carolina Transportation Museum
Train departures from museum: 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. each day
Route: Norfolk Southern “S-Line” between Spencer and Barber, 24-mile round trip
Power: steam locomotive 630 only (no diesels assisting)
Equipment: air-conditioned coaches with reclining seats and large picture windows
Fare: $35 adults, $25 children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under not occupying seats do not require tickets.

June 23, Spencer to Winston-Salem, N.C., one way (bus return)
Train departs North Carolina Transportation Museum 10 a.m.
Train arrives Winston-Salem 2 p.m.
Bus arrives North Carolina Transportation Museum 3 p.m.
Route: Norfolk Southern main line from Spencer to Greensboro, and NS “K-Line” from Greensboro to Winston-Salem
Power: steam locomotive 630 with diesels assisting
Equipment: air-conditioned coaches
Fare: $80. Includes box lunch and bus return to North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer.

June 24, Winston-Salem, N.C., to Roanoke, Va., one way (with bus connections from Roanoke and to Winston Salem)
Train departs Winston-Salem 10 a.m.
Train arrives Roanoke 3:30 p.m.
Route: Norfolk Southern “Punkinvine” line between Winston-Salem and Roanoke
Power: steam locomotive 630 with diesels assisting
Equipment: air-conditioned coaches
Fare: $95. Includes box lunch and bus transportation. For Roanoke-originating passengers, bus will depart Roanoke 7 a.m.; for Winston-Salem-originating passengers, bus will depart Roanoke within a half hour of train’s arrival in Roanoke.

Additionally, 630 will operate Roanoke – Bristol – Knoxville on July 7 – 8, Knoxville – Harriman Jct. – Chattanooga July 16, Chattanooga – Cleveland on Sept. 1 – 2, and Chattanooga – Birmingham on Sept. 8.