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NORFOLK, VA. - Norfolk Southern and the North Carolina Transportation Museum have announced the daily schedule for the display of the Norfolk Southern Heritage Locomotive fleet at the museum in Spencer, N.C., on July 3 and 4.
The schedule below applies to both days. A map of the museum will be available on site each day of the event.
•8 a.m. - Gates open
•8:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Heritage Power Parade in the area south of the roundhouse. This is a photo event featuring each heritage unit separately and side-by-side with historic locomotives from predecessor railroads.
•11 a.m. - Welcome, announcements, and safety briefing in the turntable area. Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman will speak on July 3 only.
•1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Conrail locomotive family around the turntable. Up-close visiting time for Southern and Norfolk & Western family units.
•2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Norfolk & Western family around the turntable. Up-close visiting time for Conrail and Southern family units.
•4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Southern family around the turntable. Up-close visiting time for Norfolk & Western and Conrail family units.
•5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - All 20 units around the turntable with NS locomotive 1030 (signifying NS' 30th anniversary) on display.
•9 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Night photo session. Schedule to be determined.
The Norfolk Southern Lawmen Band will perform in the afternoon.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children in advance, and $30 for adults and $20 for children the day of the event. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the NCTM's website or by calling 704-636-2889, ext. 237. Norfolk Southern employees and retirees are eligible for a $5 discount, with a limit of four tickets per purchase. Some restrictions may apply. Retirees must purchase tickets by phone to get the discount.
Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.
Robin Chapman, 757-629-2713 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
North Carolina Transportation Museum
Mark Brown, 704-636-2889 ext. 240 (email@example.com)