Spencer, NC (WBTV) - The "Streamliners at Spencer" event that is planned for later in the spring at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer continues to make additions to the line up, according to press releases provided to WBTV.
The event will take place on May 29 – June 1.
Baltimore & Ohio painted F7(A) No. 722 and Chesapeake & Ohio painted F3(A) No. 8016, operated by West Virginia's Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, will bring the total attendance to 19 locomotives.
Chesapeake & Ohio F3(A) No. 8016 began her life in rural Appalachia as Clinchfield Railroad No. 800 built in December 1948. CRR No. 800 operated in freight service through the iconic Breaks Interstate Park and Clinchfield system in its earliest years.
In the Family Lines System era, CRR No. 800 was assigned to business train service and passenger excursion service across the newly formed Family Lines System. The locomotive was assigned to CSX's business executive train in the 1980's where it was repainted and renumbered to CSXT No. 116.
The locomotive was retired in the early 1990's in which the C&O Historical Society received ownership of the locomotive. Repainted into Chesapeake & Ohio's passenger scheme and renumbered to No. 8016, the locomotive has been on lease to the Potomac Eagle since 1994.
Built in 1952 for the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad as BLE No. 722A, Potomac Eagle's Baltimore & Ohio painted F7(A) spent much of its career in B&LE freight service throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania and Northeastern Ohio.
No. 722A spent much of its final years along the railroad's Kaylor Branch in Pennsylvania before being retired to Larry's Truck & Electric years later. The Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad acquired the locomotive in 2001 where it was repainted into Potomac Eagle's vibrant blue and grey paint scheme and assigned to the railroad's tourist train service, a job it still holds today.