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Steam Train Excursions This Weekend in Birmingham

Norfolk Southern and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Offer Unique Trips

CHATTANOOGA, TN -- (Marketwire) -- 09/18/12 -- The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) is pleased to announce operation of steam train excursions on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 & 23 as part of the Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam program. General admission seating will be provided in climate-controlled coaches with comfortable seats and large windows. Don't miss this opportunity to ride a vintage train in many areas long removed from passenger service. "Our steam excursions are very unique experiences for our riders as they get to relive the era of traveling by rail. Each excursion has a limited number of available seats and these have sold out quickly in the areas we are operating," said Tim Andrews, President of TVRM. The excursions on September 22 & 23 are steam locomotive led trips over Norfolk Southern's Alabama Division main lines radiating out of Birmingham. Ex-Southern Railway 2-8-0 #630 will be the featured locomotive. The boarding location for all trips will be the old Southern Railway Terminal Station property located at 2680 2nd Avenue North in Birmingham. The trains offer full service amenities including restrooms, a commissary car will be selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food items. A gift shop will also be featured on the train for those wishing to purchase souvenir items. Passengers will remain on board the train until returning to Birmingham, including the turnaround at each destination. All times shown for Alabama trips are within the Central Time Zone.

The excursions are as follows: September 22 & 23 (morning): Birmingham, AL to Parrish, AL - Approximate 6 hour, 82-mile round trip rail excursion departs at 7:30 am and returns around 1:30 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for children age 3-12. Children under age 3 not occupying a seat do not require a ticket. This trip follows the Norfolk Southern line toward Sheffield. September 22 & 23 (afternoon): Birmingham, AL to Wilton, AL - Approximate 6-1/2 hour round trip, 98-mile round trip rail excursion departs at 2:00 pm and returns around 8:30 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for children age 3-12. Children under age 3 not occupying a seat do not require a ticket. This trip goes south on the line toward Mobile. Tickets for all excursions can be purchased online at tvrail.com or by calling 423/894-8028.

TVRM is a non-profit educational corporation and the Southeast's largest operating historical railroad whose mission is to preserve the history of railroading for future generations.

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