21st Century Steam

21CS NS

 

 

 

21st Century Steam will bring historic steam locomotives from TVRM in Chattanooga, to communities along Norfolk Southern lines. 

 

As part of the Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Program, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) will be offering a limited number of public excursions. General admission seating will be provided in climate-controlled coaches with comfortable seats and large windows. A commissary car selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food items, along with souvenir items, will be part of the train.  Don’t miss this opportunity to ride a vintage train in many areas long removed from passenger service. Power is scheduled to be ex-Southern Railway 2-8-0 #630 built in 1904 and recently restored to service by TVRM in Chattanooga, assisted by modern Norfolk Southern diesels unless noted otherwise.

 

 

2014 SPRING EXCURSION SCHEDULE

 

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Trip details and ordering information:

 

Saturday, March 29:  Chattanooga, TN to Attalla, AL - The Attalla Special ~ This trip will operate over Norfolk Southern’s Alabama Division main line (former Alabama Great Southern) on a 174-mile round trip. Passengers will be able to detrain in Attalla to enjoy planned entertainment and browse the many shops in this historic town, which grew up around the railroad. Departing from TVRM’s Grand Junction Station at 4119 Cromwell Rd (free parking onsite), the train will travel over the former Southern right-of-way, onto the East Chattanooga Belt Railway, and will enter the Norfolk Southern at 23rd Street. Departure time from Grand Junction is 8:00am, arriving in Attalla at 11:45am (10:45 local time) for a 2-¼ hour layover, departing Attalla at 2:00pm (1:00pm local time.) Return to Grand Junction in Chattanooga is scheduled for approximately 5:45 pm.

 

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Sunday, March 30:  Chattanooga, TN to Oneida, TN - The Oneida Flyer ~ This trip will operate over Norfolk Southern’s Central Division main line (former CNO&TP famed “Rathole” route toward Cincinnati) on a 282-mile round trip.  This route travels through some of the most scenic vistas in Tennessee, which includes the 300-foot tall New River Bridge and numerous tunnels.  Passengers will be able to detrain in Oneida to browse the beautiful city park adjacent to the tracks.  The City of Oneida and Scott County are planning an outdoor festival upon our arrival to include food vendors, craft booths, live entertainment, and a classic car “cruise in.” Departure from TVRM’s Grand Junction Station at 4119 Cromwell Rd (free parking onsite) will be at 8:00am, arriving in Oneida around 12:30pm for a 1 ½ to 2 hour layover, Departing from Oneida around 2:30pm, return to Grand Junction in Chattanooga is scheduled for approximately 7:00pm. A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food. A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.

 

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Saturday, April 5: Bristol, VA to Radford, VA - The Radford Rambler ~ This trip will operate over Norfolk Southern’s Virginia Division main line (former Norfolk & Western Railway) on a 220-mile round trip.  Passengers will be able to detrain in Radford to eat in one of the nine restaurants in town, or in the Radford University Cafeteria (all within walking distance; food not included in price.)   Departure location will be from the Old N&W Depot on the corner of State St. and Martin Luther King Blvd., adjacent to the Tennessee/Virginia State Line (free parking available in lots within a two-block radius.)  Departure time from Bristol is 8:00am, arriving in Radford at 12:00 noon for a 2½ hour layover, departing Radford at 2:30pm. Return to Bristol is scheduled for approximately 7:00pm.  A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food items.  A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.  

 

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Sunday, April 6: Bristol, VA to Bulls Gap, TN - The Lonesome Pine Limited ~ This trip will operate over Norfolk Southern’s Central Division main line (former Southern Railway) on a 156-mile round trip.  Passengers can detrain in Bulls Gap and box lunches will be provided to all riders.  Departure location will be from the Old N&W Depot on the corner of State St. and Martin Luther King Blvd., adjacent to the Tennessee/Virginia State Line (free parking available in lots within a two-block radius.)  Departure time from Bristol is 9:00am, arriving in Bulls Gap at 12:00 noon for a 2-hour layover, departing Bulls Gap at 2:00pm. Return to Bristol is scheduled for approximately 5:00pm.  Passengers may also choose to board in Johnson City at 9:50am, with return around 4:10pm. A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food items.  A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items

 

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Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13, AND Saturday, April 19: Grundy, VA to Devon, WV - The Tri-County Mountaineer ~ This trip will operate over the Norfolk Southern Pocahontas Division’s Buchanan Branch line (former Norfolk & Western Railway) on a 72-mile round trip.  Departure location will be the Grundy Town Center shopping complex parking deck at 1179 Riverview Street.   Departure times are 9:00am* or 3:00pm*, returning around approximately 1:00pm and 7:00pm, respectively.  Passengers will stay on the train for the entire trip, including while the train is turned around in Devon. The route begins in Virginia and takes riders through a portion of Kentucky before touching the edge of West Virginia, following the Levisa Fork River and passing through several tunnels.  It ends uniquely by exiting from a tunnel onto a double-bridged wye track over the Tug Fork River. A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food items.  A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.  For visitors information about Pike County, Kentucky, including discounted lodging options, click HERE.  

 

*NOTE new departure times.


Tickets: Starting at $35 per seat for passengers age 3 & up.  Everyone age 3 & up requires a ticket; under 3 is no charge if not occupying a seat.

Coach Class: $35 (food not included – see note about commissary car above.)   Coach Class seating is provided in temperature controlled modern cars with fixed back seats.

Deluxe Coach: $45 (food not included – see note about commissary car above.)  Deluxe Coach seating is provided in climate controlled vintage cars with reclining back seats.

 

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Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18:  Cincinnati, OH to Danville, KY - The New Royal Palm ~ This trip will operate over Norfolk Southern’s Central Division First District main line (Cincinnati-owned CNO&TP route toward Chattanooga) on a 234-mile round trip.  This train will traverse the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region on a very scenic and historic line, well known for stone fences and horse farms.  The train will also cross the Kentucky River near Lexington on the famous High Bridge, which is the highest double track railroad bridge in the United States at 312 feet above the river. Departure from Norfolk Southern’s Intermodal Yard* in Cincinnati will be at 8:00am, arriving in Danville around 12:30pm for an approximate 2-hour layover*.  Departure from Danville should be around 2:30pm with return to Cincinnati scheduled for approximately 6:00pm. A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food. A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.

 

*Exact departure location, parking information, and Danville layover plans will be available soon.

 

Tickets: Starting at $87 per seat for passengers age 3 & up, as shown below.  Everyone age 3 & up requires a ticket; under 3 is no charge if not occupying a seat, no food included.

 

Coach Class: $87 (without meal – see note about commissary car above.)  Coach Class seating is provided in temperature controlled modern cars with non-reclining seats.

 

Deluxe Coach: $97 (without meal – see note about commissary car above.)  Deluxe Coach seating is provided in climate controlled vintage cars with reclining seats.

 

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Saturday & Sunday, May 31 & June 1:  Lexington, KY to Oneida, TN - The Lexington Limited ~ This trip will operate over Norfolk Southern’s Central Division main line (CNO&TP’s famed “Rathole” route toward Chattanooga) on a 258-mile round trip featuring several tunnels.  The line traverses part of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region as well.  Departure from Norfolk Southern’s Lexington Yard will be at 8:00am, arriving in Oneida around 12:00pm for an approximate 2-hour layover.  Passengers will be able to detrain in Oneida to browse the beautiful city park adjacent to the tracks.  The City of Oneida and Scott County are planning an outdoor festival upon our arrival to include food vendors, craft booths, live entertainment, and a classic car “cruise in.”  Departure from Oneida should be around 2:00pm with return to Lexington scheduled for approximately 6:00pm. A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food. A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.

*Free parking in Lexington will be provided at 450 Curry Ave (Fultcher Vending Co.)  Passengers will walk a short distance to the train boarding location.  Transportation will be available for those who need assistance.

 

Tickets: Starting at $80 per seat for passengers age 3 & up, as shown below.  Everyone age 3 & up requires a ticket; under 3 is no charge if not occupying a seat, no food included.

 

Coach Class: $80 (without meal – see note about commissary car above.)  Coach Class seating is provided in temperature controlled modern cars with non-reclining seats.

 

Deluxe Coach: $95 (without meal – see note about commissary car above.)  Deluxe Coach seating is provided in climate controlled vintage cars with reclining seats.

 

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Saturday, June 7:  Chattanooga, TN to Oneida, TN - Steam Anniversary Special ~ This trip is designed to commemorate the June 6, 1964 date when Southern Railway allowed steam to return to their railroad, an event that ultimately spawned a full fledged excursion program for 28 years.  It will operate over Norfolk Southern’s Central Division Second District main line (CNO&TP’s famed “Rathole” route toward Cincinnati) on a 282-mile round trip.  This route travels through some of the most scenic vistas in Tennessee, which includes the 307-foot tall New River Bridge and numerous tunnels.  Departure from TVRM’s Grand Junction Station at 4119 Cromwell Rd (free parking onsite) will be at 8:00am, arriving in Oneida around 12:30pm for an approximate 2-hour layover.  Departure from Oneida should be around 2:30pm with return to Grand Junction in Chattanooga scheduled for approximately 7:00pm. A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food. A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.

 

Tickets: Starting at $80 per seat for passengers age 3 & up, as shown below.  Everyone age 3 & up requires a ticket; under 3 is no charge if not occupying a seat, no food included.

 

Coach Class: $80 (without meal – see note about commissary car above.)  Coach Class seating is provided in temperature controlled modern cars with non-reclining seats.

 

Deluxe Coach: $95 (without meal – see note about commissary car above.)  Deluxe Coach seating is provided in climate controlled vintage cars with reclining seats.

 

Deluxe Coach: $115 (with meal - either breakfast or lunch, not both.)  Meal choices (with coach tickets) must be made at same time as reservation: Breakfast at 8:00am or 9:00am, or Lunch at 10:45am, 11:00am, 2:15pm, or 3:15pm. (Sample Dining Car Breakfast: Eggs and sausage, biscuits and gravy, grits, juice, fruit, milk or coffee; Sample Dining Car Lunch: Homemade Soup, Smoked Ham and Cheese Croissant, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Dessert, and Beverage.)

 

Premium Service in Observation Car: $195 with breakfast, lunch, and unlimited refreshments. (Sample Dining Car Lunch: Homemade Soup, Smoked Ham and Cheese Croissant, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Dessert, and Beverage.)

 

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Details for later excursions will be posted as they become available.   Additional excursions for 2014 may be announced.

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