|You’ve waited 20 years. Don’t miss the train.Excursion Spotlight: The Powhatan Arrow
Roanoke to Lynchburg
July 3, July 4 and July 5
Riding from Roanoke to Lynchburg on the old Norfolk and Western takes you through some of Virginia’s most beautiful
views. Leaving Roanoke, on the left you will pass the famous East End Shops, where 611, her sisters, and the 1200s and 2100s were designed, built, and maintained. Further east in the shops complex in the former N&W Car Shops is the current site of Freight Car America’s Roanoke Plant.
You will continue eastward through Vinton and down a long straightaway to Boaz siding in Bonsack, made famous in photographs by O. Winston Link.
Moving further up the Blue Ridge grade, our train will pass the original plant of the Webster Brick Company, and a bit farther up on the left, the site of the Blue Ridge station and the quarry operations of Boxley Materials, the company that provided all the ballast to the N&W.
On the other side of the Blue Ridge Gap, prepare to take in spectacular views of the Peaks of Otter, on of the most scenic areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Leaving the Gap, we will pass through Bedford, home to the national D Day Memorial honoring those who served on the beaches of France on June 6, 1944. After passing Bedford, the train passes through the village of Forest, home to Thomas Jefferson’s summer home Poplar Forest. This is also where the newer “low-grade” line broke away from the old N&W main line to avoid congestion in downtown Lynchburg and a climb out of the James River valley. Pulling into Lynchburg, the train will turn on the wye at Norfolk Southern’s Montview Yard for the return trip to Roanoke.
It will be a trip you’ll remember forever.
Other excursions include:
The American– Manassas, Virginia to Front Royal, Virginia. June 6 & 7
· Take a 102-mile roundtrip through northern Virginia over former Southern Railway tracks
· Turn on the wye alongside the river at Riverton Junction at Front Royal
· Enjoy the 21st annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival and explore the walkable, historic downtown
Lynchburg, Virginia to Petersburg, Virginia. June 13 & 14
· Ride from the mountains of Lynchburg to the heart of Petersburg and back on this 260-mile roundtrip journey
· Explore downtown Petersburg
· Dine, shop, and relax during the two-hour layover
The Pelican– Roanoke, Virginia to Radford, Virginia. June 3, 4, & 5 (afternoon trip)
· Enjoy the ride from Roanoke to Radford on this 84-mile roundtrip
· Climb the fame Christiansburg grade- the exact type of mountainous terrain 611 for which 611 was designed
· Return to downtown Roanoke for an evening of Independence Day weekend festivities