An event that was already big, keeps getting even bigger. The "Streamliners at Spencer" continues to add trains for the May presentation, making this potentially one of the biggest tourism events in Rowan County this year.
From the "Golden State" of California to the "Windy City" of Chicago, two new locomotive additions to the N.C. Transportation Museum's "Streamliners at Spencer" festival have pulled trains in some of the busiest parts of the country, according to a press release provided to WBTV.
The Union Pacific #949 and the Chicago & North Western #411 bring the locomotive "cab count" for this massive railroading event to 22 engines.
The Union Pacific #949 was built by Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors in 1955 as part of a three unit order for the Union Pacific Railroad. The #949 pulled such famous trains as the City of Los Angeles, City of Portland, City of San Francisco, City of St. Louis and the Challenger.
Still owned by Union Pacific Railroad, the engine remains in service to pull special trains.
The Chicago & North Western #411 was built in 1949 as CNW 4082C. The engine was used on the Chicago & North Western Railroad for commuter service as well as freight service, later being used for work train service on Metra.
The engine was restored to its original CNW name and numbering of #411 in 2006 when the locomotive was purchased by the Illinois Railway Museum and regularly operates with restored CNW commuter cars.
With the cab count at 22 locomotives, the number of confirmed engines actually exceeds that of the Norfolk Southern Heritage event 2 years ago when 20 locomotives were featured.
The 4 day rail festival will include photo opportunities of all the engines surrounding the Bob Julian Roundhouse turntable, the Amtrak and NC DOT display trains, rail artist Andy Fletcher, train rides behind these historic and iconic locomotives, cab tours of locomotives and much, much more. Special operations of the locomotives during event days and night photo opportunities will all be included.
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.
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.