Carolina Coastal Railroaders 19th Annual Train Show

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Feb 102014

Carolina Coastal New Bern Train ShowThe Carolina Coastal Railroaders in New Bern, North Carolina, will hold their 19th Annual Train Show on the weekend of March 1st and 2nd at Sudan Temple in historic downtown New Bern.  Billed as the oldest and largest Train Show in Eastern North Carolina, the show will feature ten operating layouts including “Thomas and Friends”. You can also buy, sell, and swap model train merchandise with over 25 vendors in attendance. Additionally, old model and toy trains evaluated and repaired. There will be concessions and door prize drawings every hour.

Show hours:
March 1 & 2, 2014
Saturday Hours 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday Hours 10 am – 4 pm

Sudan Temple
403 E Front Street
New Bern, NC 28560

For more information, please visit the website of the Carolina Coastal Railroaders.


Autumn Train Excursions in NC

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Sep 032013

Autumn Rail Excursions
Saturday, October 12, 2013: The Virginia Autumn Special
Spencer, NC & Greensboro, NC to Charlottesville, VA & Return

Departing Spencer at 7 am, Saturday’s “Virginia Autumn Special” will offer a second passenger pick-up at the Greensboro Amtrak Station at 8 am, allowing those living in the Triad a more convenient boarding opportunity. Passing through the North Carolina cities of Thomasville, High Point and Reidsville, and the Virginia cities of Danville, Lynchburg and Oak Ridge, passengers will experience beautiful views of the Piedmont and rolling hills of the Carolinas and the western part of Central Virginia.

In Charlottesville, travelers will have nearly three hours to explore the historic downtown area. A short walk takes you to the downtown outdoor mall, considered one of the finest urban parks in the country. Unique shopping and dining opportunities can be found in boutiques, specialty wine, coffee and tea shops and outdoor dining spots. Travelers may also enjoy relaxing walks under a lush, leafy tree canopy.

Departing Charlottesville at 3 .m, the train will arrive back in Greensboro at 6:45 p.m. and Spencer at 8 pm.

For more information, reservations and tickets contact the Museum at 704-636-2889, ext. 237 or click here to go to the Museum’s web site.

Sunday, October 13, 2013: The Blue Ridge Special
Spencer, NC to Asheville, NC & Return

The “Blue Ridge Special” will travel through the western Piedmont into the foothills and on to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Departing Spencer at 7 am, the train will roll through the cities of Statesville, Hickory, Morganton, Marion, Black Mountain and Swannanoa. The train will climb the famed “loops” of the Blue Ridge Mountains and pass through several tunnels before arriving in Asheville at noon. Passengers will have nearly three hours for an outing at Biltmore Village.

Established in the late 1890s as a planned community near the entrance of the Biltmore estate, Biltmore Village offers shopping in unique, locally-owned boutiques. Passengers can dine in restaurants and take walks along brick sidewalks that parallel tree lined streets. All of this will be enjoyed alongside spectacular views of the North Carolina mountains.

Departing Asheville at 3 pm, the “Blue Ridge Special” will return to Spencer at 8 pm.

For more information, reservations and tickets contact the Museum at 704-636-2889, ext. 237 or click here to go to the Museum’s web site.

Autumn Rails 2013 in North Carolina

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Sep 012013

Autumn Rails 2013

Autumn Rails 2013, the annual model train and railroad memorabilia show, will be held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center located across from the Asheville Regional Airport, midway between Hendersonville and Asheville in Fletcher, NC. The entrance is within ½ mile of I-26 (Exit 40) on four lane Boylston Hwy (NC 280). The like new Expo Building has 27,000 square feet of heated and air conditioned floor space and there is more than enough parking for both dealers and customers. They also have hookups for RV’s adjacent to the building, if you wish to stay on site. There are nine huge overhead doors and NO steps, so unloading and loading is very convenient.  For info regarding next years show contact Chuck Place at or call 828-685-2726. For color half page flier click HERE, for black and white half page flier clickHERE.

Streamliners at Spencer

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Aug 042013

The N.C. Transportation Museum’s next major railroad event, ‘Streamliners at Spencer,’ will be a four-day festival for lovers of classic streamlined locomotives of the 1930s through the 1950s. Happening May 29 through June 1, 2014, these engines will be gathered around the 37-stall Robert Julian Roundhouse turntable for daytime portraits, Southern Streamlinerspecial operations, nighttime photos and more. Primarily a railroad photography event, “Streamliners at Spencer” is sure to be a rail fan’s delight.

Popular in the 1940s and 1950s, more than 8,000 Electro-Motive Division streamliners, or ‘cab units,’ were built with additional locomotives coming from Alco, Baldwin, and Fairbanks-Morse. These locomotives replaced steam power and pulled great passenger trains like the Crescent, the Champion, the Broadway Limited, among others.

They developed a loyal following thanks to their smooth shape, colorful paint schemes, and their look of speed,’ said Trains magazine Editor Jim Wrinn, also a N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation vice president. ‘2014 is a great time to recognize them as the year marks the 75th anniversary of the first such successful diesel freight locomotive—the FT demonstrator of 1939.’

Despite the popularity of these locomotives in their day,’ Wrinn says, ‘Today they’re all gone except for a few dozen in museums, on Class I railroads as executive units, and on tourist railroads and short lines as curiosities.’ The museum’s own Atlantic Coast Line E3, the Southern Railway E8, and Southern Railway FP7 will serve as the event’s host locomotives.

Southern Streamliner HeadonThe museum’s goal will be to bring as many streamlined units together as possible for an event on par with 2012’s Norfolk Southern Heritage Locomotive Family Portrait. With just six weeks to plan and execute, that event drew thousands of attendees from 39 U.S. states, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Ontario and internationally, from Japan and Austria.

N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation Board President Steve Mersch says, ‘Our 2012 Heritage Locomotives Family Portrait gave us the chance to showcase 20 brand new locomotives in historic paint schemes to more than 4,000 rail fans. ‘Streamliners at Spencer’ will again provide us with the opportunity to use the unique setting we have with the 1924 Bob Julian Roundhouse and the 57-acre Spencer Shops complex.’

Attending locomotives are being confirmed and transported in cooperation with Norfolk Southern Corp. More details will be announced as the summer comes to an end with a great slate of visiting streamliners expected. Those wishing to stay up-to-date should either visit and check the event tab or follow the museum on Facebook at ‘N.C. Transportation Museum.’

Patriot Rail Opens NCDOT’s P&N Corridor

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Feb 212012

For the first time in more than 20 years, a train has traversed the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Piedmont & Northern Railroad (P&N) corridor from Gastonia to Mount Holly. Yesterday, a train operated by Patriot Rail Corp.used the route, marking the milestone event, NCDOT officials said in a prepared statement.

Belton SC Piedmont NorthernAfter a joint track inspection by representatives of NCDOT and Patriot Rail — which retains a lease to operate trains on the line — the corridor recently was turned over to Patriot Rail for future inspection, maintenance, marketing and operating functions. Patriot Rail, which owns 13 regionals and short lines, will operate the line as the Piedmont & Northern Railway.

Under terms of the lease, Patriot Rail also will provide property rental, revenue sharing and return-on-upgrade-investment payments to NCDOT.  Patriot Rail has secured one customer on the line and is holding discussions with several other shippers about locating along the corridor.

The operation of the first train on the P&N route follows a number of track upgrades, new track construction, bridge repairs and grade crossing improvements that were funded by federal, state and local sources, NCDOT officials said.

Source: Progressive Railroading Daily

Piedmont & Northern Service to Start in February

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Jan 272012

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s reconstruction of its Piedmont & Northern Rail Corridor in Gaston County, N.C., will be significantly completed by February 20, 2012. This will allow operation of trains over the corridor for the first time in more than 20 years. Patriot Rail will provide freight rail service to customers over the line.

Patriot Rail Company - Piedmont & NorthernThe P&N corridor, located about 20 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., extends approximately 12 miles from Mount Holly to Gastonia with a three-mile long spur line to Belmont. Reconstruction of four miles of the western end of the rail corridor was completed in early 2010. Restoration of the remainder of the corridor started back in August 2011. The work is being paid for through a partnership among federal, state and county governments.

Reconstruction work has included installation of new wood ties, installation of new wood bridge ties and other bridge repairs and new track construction and replacement of crossing surfaces. Work also entailed installation of crossing protection devices at selected locations and other crossing signage installation as safety measures.

NCDOT will use its BeRailSafe public awareness campaign to inform the public that trains are operating on the rail line and as a general rail safety initiative.

Reactivation of the rail line should also provide jobs and the opportunity to provide more efficient transportation of goods to and from the area. One customer has been secured and several others are in discussions with Patriot Rail to locate on the line.

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