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Norfolk Southern announces 2014 schedule of 21st Century Steam excursions

NORFOLK, Va., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new season of "21st Century Steam" train excursions has launched, with Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and partners Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society scheduling 18 excursions in seven states from April through July.

Tickets for the trains listed below are available through the websites of TVRM (www.tvrail.com) and FWRHS (www.fortwaynerailroad.org). Some trains are Norfolk Southern employee specials as noted on the schedule and are not available to the general public. All excursions are round trip.

Here is the schedule through July 13.

Date/Train Name/Other info

Origin – Turn Point/Destination

Locomotive

Operator

April 5 Radford Rambler

Bristol – Radford, Va.

SOU 630

TVRM

April 6  Lonesome Pine Limited

Bristol – Bulls Gap, TN

SOU 630

TVRM

April 12, 13, & 19

The Tri-County Mountaineer

Grundy, Va. – Devon, W.Va.

SOU 630

TVRM

May 3 & 4

The Commodore Vanderbilt

Norfolk Southern Employee Special

Elkhart, Ind. – Bryan, Ohio

NKP 765

FWRHS

May 10 & 11

The Nickel Plate Limited

Norfolk Southern Employee Special

Chicago, Ill. – Argos, Ind.

NKP 765

FWRHS

May 17 & 18 The New Royal Palm

Cincinnati, Ohio – Danville, Ky.

SOU 630

TVRM

May 31 &  June 1 Lexington Limited

Lexington, Ky. – Oneida, Tenn.

SOU 630

TVRM

June 7 Steam Anniversary Special

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Oneida, Tenn.

SOU 630

TVRM

July 5 & 6

The Mercury Express

Norfolk Southern Employee Special

Detroit, Mich. – Toledo, Ohio

NKP 765

FWRHS

July 12 & 13 Detroit Arrow

Tickets available April 16

Detroit, Mich. – Fort Wayne, Ind.

NKP 765

FWRHS

Southern Railway No. 630 was built in 1904 by American Locomotive Company at Richmond, Va., and has been a mainstay of 21st Century Steam excursions after having been rebuilt in TVRM's Chattanooga shops. Nickel Plate Road No. 765 was built in 1944 by Lima Locomotive Works at Lima, Ohio, and is familiar to many railroaders, having been in excursion service on and off since 1979.

On June 7, TVRM will operate the Steam Anniversary Special in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 train from Stearns, Ky., to Chattanooga that led to Southern Railway's launch of a steam excursion program the same year. The June 6, 1964, train was powered by Southern Railway Locomotive 4501, which now is being rebuilt at TVRM's Chattanooga shops. Southern's excursion program operated from 1964 to 1994. In 2010, Norfolk Southern and TVRM announced plans to launch "21st Century Steam" to highlight milestones in rail history and provide opportunities for audiences to learn about today's safe and service-oriented freight railroads. The inaugural excursions took place during Labor Day weekend 2011, powered by the 630.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company 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, automotive, and industrial products.

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