The residents of Radford Virginia are preparing for the arrival of an antique locomotive, which will be rolling into the city on 5th April. Southern Railway #630 will transport tourists on the Southwest Virginia tour, before finishing the journey in Radford.
The tour will take place for the second year, with the city partnering with Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum, Norfolk Southern Corp and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.
According to Radford’s director of tourism, Deborah Cooney, this is the only steam train tour which runs through Southwest Virginia. Cooney added that all the stops were pulled out for last year’s tour, in the hopes of the steam locomotive returning for a second year.
The train will depart from Bristol Station at 8am and arrive in Radford at 12pm. The same journey taken by car would take only one hour and 45 minutes.
A number of historical sites will be travelled through during the journey, including Abingdon where the Barter Theatre can be found, down Pulaski Mountain and more. Passengers on the train will be able to spend time in Radford, enjoying the delights of restaurants, museums and shops in the city. Interested parties may want to explore the steam locomotive and its extensive history.
Rail enthusiasts often collect items connected with the railway, including antique model trains, tickets, timetables and other related artefacts. It may be appropriate for collectors of railway items to purchase an antique cabinet that has a detailed history to display the items effectively.
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