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Lynchburg City news release:  Area residents will have the opportunity to see the steam-powered 611 Steam Excursion Train as it rolls into the Kemper Street Train Station on Saturday, April 9. The excursion is being sponsored by the North Carolina Transportation Museum. “We’re ecstatic to have the 611 Steam Train arrive in Lynchburg for a three hour stop-over,” said Sergei Troubetzkoy, Director of Tourism for the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “The 611 is providing us with a wonderful economic opportunity for our community and gives visitors a taste of Lynchburg which will in-turn entice them to return for a longer stay.” The excursion train will begin its journey in Spencer, North Carolina and is expected to arrive in Lynchburg at 12 noon. The train will leave the station at 3:00 p.m. that same day. Train passengers will disembark and will be encouraged to take shuttle buses downtown where they will have the opportunity to eat, explore, and enjoy all that the area has to offer.

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Area residents who wish to view this historic steam train are encouraged to park in one of the designated areas downtown and take a free shuttle to the Kemper Street Station. Due to the anticipated crowd, no parking will be allowed at the Station. GLTC shuttles will begin operating every 15 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. In addition to viewing the train, visitors to the station may also purchase food at one of the food trucks that will be present, as well as visit the exhibits and vendors. All GLTC routes will run fare-free on April 9, and residents are encouraged to take the shuttle or a regular route bus to this exciting event.  The Kemper Street event and shuttles are sponsored by GLTC, Lynch’s Landing, the City of Lynchburg and the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.