SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The N.C. Transportation Museum announces the 25th and final locomotive to appear during our Streamliners at Spencer railroading festival. The Erie #833 E8 marks the final "cab count" announcement for this massive event.
The unit will make its way to Spencer, appearing alongside 24 other classic streamliners for a four day event full of photography, history, railroading and fun.
The Erie #833, owned by the New York and Greenwood Lake Railway, was originally built in March of 1951. Due to railroad mergers and acquisitions, the unit was renamed the Erie-Lackawanna #833 in 1960 and later renamed the Conrail #4022 in 1976. During its Conrail years, it worked as part of the Office Car Fleet, alongside CR 4020 and 4021, two units which will also be attending Streamliners at Spencer, now known as the Juniata Terminal Company's #5711 and #5809.
Purchased by the New York and Greenwood Lake Railway and delivered in 2007, the #833 now wears its original Erie Railroad paint scheme, matching its 1951 "as-delivered" appearance.
From the first Streamliners at Spencer locomotive announcement in August of 2013 to today's announcement of the 25th and final locomotive, it has been a wild ride.
The event has attracted units from across the country, including iconic locomotives like the Class J #611 Steam Passenger unit, the Burlington Route 5 #9911a "Silver Pilot," and the ALCo PA-1, restored as the Nickel Plate Road #190.
The museum's own ACL E3 #501 and Southern FP7 #6133 and E8 #6900 units will play a major role in the event. The other attending locomotives are Norfolk Southern Executive F9 units, the #4270 and #4271, the Juniata Terminal Company's two E8 units, the #5711 and #5809, the Lackawanna F3 #663 and #664, the New Haven FL 9 #2019, Wabash E8A #1189 and #1009, the Canadian National FPA4 #6789, the Soo Line FP7A #2500-A, the Reading F7 #284, the Pan Am Railway FP9A #1, the Iowa Pacific E8A #515, the B&O F7 #722, the C&O F7 #8016, the Union Pacific E9 #949 and the Chicago & Northwestern F7 #411.
More information on the attending locomotives can be found on the museum's event blog, "Streamliners Scoop," available at www.nctrans.org
The participation of all resident and visiting locomotives is subject to timely transportation and mechanical availability.
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.
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 museum has partnered with Amtrak to offer a coupon code for 10% off travel by rail to Salisbury Station, just a few miles from the Spencer museum. Available only for travel during the event days, those booking online may visit www.ncbytrain.org and enter coupon code V563 to receive the discount. Shuttle service will run between Salisbury Station and the museum , but excludes the Crescent and the Carolinian trains.
Tickets are available online at www.nctrans.org or by calling (704) 636-2889 ext. 237 or ext. 257.