A big event at NCTM keeps getting bigger

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.

The locomotive was repainted into Baltimore & Ohio's passenger paint scheme in the summer of 2010.

The Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad is a tourist railroad in northeastern West Virginia that operates through the Potomac Highlands between Green Springs, W.Va. and Petersburg, W.Va. on the state-owned South Branch Valley Railroad.

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.

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 Andy Fletcher's renderings of the event's attending locomotives. Posters can be picked up 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 participation of all resident and visiting locomotives is subject to timely transportation and mechanical availability.

Tickets are available online at www.nctrans.org or by calling (704) 636-2889 ext. 237 or ext. 257.