Steam train schedule announced


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.



2 Responses to Steam train schedule announced

  1. Debra L. Rhyder

    March 9, 2013 at 8:07 am

    It would be nice if this passenger train excursion were to be offered on a semi-regular basis. I think there are a lot of people that would show a big interest in traveling from Bristol to Radford and back on these trains from the past. It would bring back memories of yesteryear for most in addition to educating the younger generation of how people traveled in earlier times. ‘

    I know when I hear that lonesome whistle blow as a train passes through Pulaski, it brings back a rush of childhood memories and at that very moment I am once again a young girl if only in my mind.

    So I ask, give us back those memories if only for a short time. We all desperately need something good especially with the way our economy is now. A smile and a memory is good for the soul.

  2. Andrew Cocke

    March 10, 2013 at 4:28 am

    A thought occurred to me as I watched this train go by a second time with great anticipation from spectators. The tickets to this train ride sell out practically in the blink of an eye. And the tickets are expensive, for more or less a joy ride to Tennessee and back.

    So I was thinking, if people are willing to pay TOP DOLLAR for a ride just for the fun of it, why doesn’t the train lines offer up an actual transportation system for real passengers who have real places to be?? Obviously, there IS A MARKET!

    Forget reviving old images of yesteryear! Lets bring it back to the future! I get tired of these teasing images of old relics of the past, only to blow through town once in a blue moon. It’s like dangling a piece of candy in front of a young child and not letting the child have it!

    This expedition proves passenger rail service can be profitable! Imagine the fond memories of actually opening the Pulaski and Dublin train stations back up to actual passenger traffic! Imagine what it would do for all of the economies in the mountains. When you could live in Pulaski, and work in Bristol, or Roanoke, or vise versa.

    And if they ever do implement passenger service, I don’t mean build a mega station in Christiansburg. NO! Open up ALL OF THE SMALL TOWN STATIONS AGAIN!

    There is no logical reason why this can’t be accomplished.

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