2017 – The Virginian

The Virginian – Spencer, NC to Lynchburg, VA

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April 8, 2017

  • Standard Coach: $169, includes a complimentary boxed breakfast and afternoon snack.
  • Deluxe Coach: $209, includes a complimentary boxed breakfast and afternoon boxed meal.
  • Parlor Class: $299, includes complimentary hot breakfast and boxed afternoon meal served at your seat, plus complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and coffee
  • Dome Class: $399, includes complimentary hot breakfast and boxed afternoon meal served at your seat, plus complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and coffee
  • Chairman’s Class: $549, the ultimate in luxury and service. Attendants will prepare and serve hot meals, hors d’oeuvres, and soft drinks while you relax in this exclusive section of the train.

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6:00 AM Boarding in Spencer
7:00 AM Depart Spencer
12:00 PM Arrive Lynchburg
3:00 PM Depart Lynchburg
8:00 PM Arrive Spencer

The Virginian

The N.C. Transportation Museum & The Virginia Museum of Transportation host a round trip, full day excursion from Spencer, NC to Lynchburg, VA, powered by the N&W Class J #611. This is the third season of the #611 train rides following the locomotive’s year-long renovation in the North Carolina Transportation Museum’s Bob Julian Roundhouse. 

Arriving in Lynchburg, passengers will enjoy the historic downtown area, with unique shops, sites, arts, cultural venues, and more. The Lynchburg Community Market, the third oldest Farmer’s Market in the country, will be available. Restaurants are also located nearby, but dining options may be limited.

Passengers can enjoy a walk through the city’s historic districts, or a stroll through Civil War historic sites in this one-time capital of the confederacy. Passengers can also choose to take in the sights and shops that sell art, antiques, and more.

It is a great opportunity to experience a historic destination, but also to travel in style, behind a genuine 1950’s era steam locomotive, an engine that represents the height of steam powered engineering. Join us for an amazing experience with the Class J #611


  • Boarding location: boarding will take place at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC. Boarding begins at 6:00 AM.

  • The Virginian departs Spencer at 7:00 am and returns at 8:00 pm.

  • Complimentary snack and bottled water provided; commissary car available, and you may bring a small personal cooler.

  • Nearby hotels, restaurants and attractions in Salisbury: Please visit the NCTrans lodging Information Page

  • Parking: Free parking is available at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Instructions regarding parking will be sent with your boarding instructions and other trip details 72 hours prior to the event.

  • Getting Here:

    By car: located in downtown Spencer, NC the North Carolina Transportation Museum is conveniently located  1 Samuel Spencer Drive. Spencer, NC 28159

    By passenger rail: The nearest Amtrak station is located in Downtown Salisbury. It is served daily by the Crescent and Carolinian/Piedmont trains.

    By air: Salisbury is located near two major airports. Charlotte, NC (CLT) and Greensboro, NC (GSO) both are served by multiple major airlines.