Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer

Excursions offer two rail tour options

A popular offering from the N.C. Transportation Museum and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum is just a few months from rolling down the tracks, according to a press release issued by the organizations. This year’s Autumn Train Excursions will travel to Appomattox, Va., Saturday, Nov. 3 and Toccoa, Ga. Sunday, Nov. 4.
These one-day trips are presented by the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and act as fundraisers for both organizations, the press release said.
The Virginia Autumn Special will depart from Spencer, N.C., with additional passenger pick-up at the Greensboro Amtrak Station. Passengers will be treated to spectacular views as the train crests the White Oak Mountain and crosses the Dan and Roanoke Rivers on its way to Lynchburg, Va., where it will turn east toward Appomattox.
Passengers will disembark at the restored Appomattox Station, once a stop for the South Side Railroad in the late 1800s and now home to the Appomattox Visitor Information Center.
It is strongly recommended that passengers planning to visit either the Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, or the Museum of the Confederacy’s newly-opened Appomattox site pack a lunch, pre-purchase a box lunch, or plan to purchase lunch on the café car, due to time limitations at the destination.
The Georgia Autumn Special will depart from Spencer, N.C., with additional passenger pick up at the Spartanburg Amtrak Station before traversing what was once Southern Railway’s main line, running from Washington, D.C, to Atlanta.
Several seating options and pricing are available for excursion passengers. Prices are the same for each destination.
Tourist Class cars have a center aisle with two adjustable seats and a wide window on each side. This seating area provides convenient access to the Souvenir and Cafe cars. Tourist class seating is $150 per person.
Deluxe Coach Class passenger cars feature spacious seating with adjustable seat backs and leg rests, as well as large windows for better viewing. Lunch will be served in vintage lounge and dining cars. Light snacks and beverages are also provided. Deluxe Coach Class seating is $185 per person. This option is already sold out for the Appomattox trip.
Premium First Class passengers will be seated in restored, vintage lounge or parlor cars. Compartment seating is also available for small groups (only available with phone orders. Fare includes continental breakfast, newspapers, light snacks and dinner. Premium first Class seating is $260 per person.
Featuring two levels, Dome cars offer the best views of the passing scenery. Windows stretch across the walls and ceiling on the second level, providing a panoramic view of the entire ride.
Tickets include a continental breakfast and newspapers on the journey, plus dinner on the return trip served in vintage lounge and dining cars. Dome tickets are $295 per person. This option is already sold out for our Appomattox trip.
Passengers that do not have lunch included in their ticket package have the option of a gourmet box lunch. Tickets can be purchased by calling Sara Gettys at 704-636-2889 ext. 237 or visiting online at www.nctrans.org. The North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum are non-profit organizations.