By MELINDA WILLIAMS
The schedule has been released for those interested in watching – or photographing – the Southern Railway 630 steam locomotive passenger train as it passes through the area Saturday, March 9.
The excursion leaves from the Bristol (Va.) train station at 8 a.m. Saturday, and is set to arrive in Radford around noon. That means the train will be passing through the town of Pulaski around 11 a.m.
The 1904 steam engine from the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum in Chattanooga stopped at Pulaski Train Station in July, but it will not be making a stop there this time.
The excursion is one of two being offered this weekend by Norfolk Southern Corp., in partnership with Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Both trips sold out within days of tickets going on sale.
Following is a list of times the train will be passing through the following locations: Abingdon, 8:30 a.m.; Chilhowie, 9:15; Marion, 9:30; Wytheville, 10:15; Pulaski, 11, and Radford, 12:01 p.m.
On the return trip to Bristol, the train will depart Radford at 2:30 p.m., arrive in Abingdon at 6:15 and in Bristol at 7.