Following the NCTM excursions, the remaining three excursion weekends will be hosted by the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Fire Up 611 Campaign donor benefits apply for the three weekends of excursions hosted by the VMT, for donations postmarked by Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

On April 23 and 24, full-day trips will depart Greensboro, NC, to Roanoke, VA, and return to Greensboro.

611 will return to Roanoke to lead half-day excursions on May 7 and 8. Morning excursions will run from Roanoke to Lynchburg and back via the Blue Ridge grade. Afternoon trips will run from Roanoke to Walton and return via the Christiansburg grade. The morning and afternoon trips are separate excursions.

On June 4 and 5, 611 will pull a total of three trips from Manassas, VA, to Front Royal, VA, and return: One roundtrip on the morning of Saturday June 4 and two roundtrips on Sunday, June 5, as part of the 22nd Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival.

  • April 9, 2016 – The Virginian, Spencer, NC, to Lynchburg, VA
  • April 10, 2016 – The Blue Ridge Special, Spencer, NC, to Asheville, NC
  • April 23, 2016 – The Roanoker, Greensboro, NC to Roanoke, VA
  • April 24, 2016 – The Roanoker, Greensboro, NC to Roanoke, VA
  • May 7, 2016 – The Powhatan Arrow, Roanoke, VA, to Lynchburg, VA
  • May 7, 2016 – The Pelican, Roanoke, VA, to Walton (Radford), VA
  • May 8, 2016 – The Powhatan Arrow, Roanoke, VA, to Lynchburg, VA
  • May 8, 2016 – The Pelican, Roanoke, VA, to Walton (Radford), VA
  • June 4, 2016 – The American, Manassas, VA, to Front Royal, VA, (runs once)
  • June 5, 2016 – The American, Manassas, VA, to Front Royal, VA, (runs twice)

For safety reasons, there will be no open vestibules or open vestibule windows, or photo run-bys. The public is encouraged to take pictures of 611 for personal use when the locomotive is stopped in publicly accessible locations and when it is in operation. All passengers and spectators must stay off and away from the tracks, respect Norfolk Southern and other private property, and adhere to all instructions from NS and other security personnel.

Look for an announcement soon for ticket prices, sale dates and the exciting, new train consist, which includes first class and dome seating towards the front of the train. Follow this link to sign up for email notifications.