Special Report: Streamliners at Spencer
For one weekend in late May 25 colorful E and F units from around the country strutted their stuff at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C.
The museum reported selling nearly 10,000 tickets for the four-day “Streamliners at Spencer” event with attendance surpassing that of a display of Norfolk Southern heritage units held in at the museum in 2012.
Pre-event ticket sales totaled more than 4,600, but a strong walk-up business boosted the total tickets sold to 9,257. Visitors came from 41 states and five countries.
The grand finale of the event was the move of Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611 from a display track at the head of Norfolk Southern office cars to the turntable area for restoration.
Two NSs executive F9s units hostled the 611 to the turntable where visiting Union Pacific E9 No. 949 pushed the steam locomotive off the turntable onto the whisker track. Earlier, NS Chairman Wick Moorman participated in a ceremonial bolt turning that marked the start of the restoration of the 611 to operating condition.
Once rebuilt, the 611 is expected to pull excursion trains on NS as part of the railroad’s 21st century steam program.
Former ARRC member Richard Thompson was recruited to be a part of the staff team at the event. “We were responsible for nighttime photo lighting and helping the crews spot the locomotives at the various photo locations,” he said. “All in all, it was a fun time.”
Accompaning this post is a selection of Rich’s images that he made during the event. All were taken within the NCTM property except for the ones noted below.