Thursday, June 12, 2014
Streamliners at Spencer
There was an extraordinary gathering of 26 operable, classic diesel streamliners at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer at the end of May. The Rivanna Chapter did not attempt to organize a group trip to this four-day event, but four members made the trek on their own.
Although the N&W J 611 is coal fired, it also made a grand appearance at Spencer on the morning of May 30. Wick Moorman, the chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern, loosened a nut on the 611's power train as the ceremonial beginning of its two-year rebuild process. The Chapter recently contributed 2 x $611 for that effort.
Below are a few amateur photos taken by Ross Thomas of some of the locomotives at Spencer. The internet is loaded with thousands of better ones! The Museum's website has a sampling of the activity at Spencer: