Raleigh - NCDOT will have equipment from its Piedmont train on display at the Streamliners at Spencer railroad festival May 29 to June 1 at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. Don't miss your chance to get an up close look at the unique equipment used to transport passengers along North Carolina's rail network.
The following equipment will be on display:
F59PHI locomotive #1755 "City of Salisbury"
NCDOT Piedmont locomotives are named for cities along the Raleigh-Charlotte rail corridor, and the number of each locomotive corresponds to the incorporation date of the city it is named for. Built in 1998 by EMD, the 1755 is a second generation F59 EMD passenger locomotive. The "P" stands for passenger, "H" for Head End Power, and "I" for isolated cab.
64-seat coach #400005 "Scotch Bonnet"
Named for the state seashell, this coach was originally built in 1965 for the Kansas City Southern RR as a 60-seat coach. NCDOT acquired the car in 1993 from the Chicago & Northwestern RR. It was completely refurbished in 1994 to a 66-seat coach configuration, and refurbished again in 2007.
56-seat coach #400012 "Carolina Lily"
Named for North Carolina's official wildflower, the "Carolina Lily" was originally built in 1964 for the Union Pacific RR as a 44-seat long-distance coach. The car was acquired by Amtrak in 1971 and operated for many years on Amtrak national system trains including the Crescent. NCDOT acquired the car in 2010 and it was completely refurbished to a 56-seat configuration in 2013.
Baggage/Lounge car #400204 "Currituck Sound"
North Carolina's baggage/lounge cars are named for the state's largest bodies of water, the coastal sounds. The 400204 is named for North Carolina's fourth largest sound, the Currituck Sound. The car was originally built in 1953 as a U.S. Army hospital car. Amtrak acquired the car in the early 1970s and used it in various roles through the 1990s. NCDOT purchased the car in 2010 and completely refurbished it to its present baggage/lounge configuration in 2013.
Additionally, Amtrak will have its Exhibit Train open for tours during the event, featuring photos, uniforms, vintage advertising and memorabilia from the beginning of Amtrak in 1971 to today's modern sleeping cars and high-speed rail service. Amtrak's Veterans' Locomotive will be leading the Exhibit Train, honoring those who have served in America's Armed Forces.
Amtrak and the museum have partnered to offer a special fare for travel to the festival, valid between May 28 and June 2. Book your Amtrak travel at ncbytrain.org and get 10 percent off a regular adult coach seat on the Piedmont, and Carolinian. Use discount code V563. Terms and conditions apply. This offer is valid for travel to Salisbury, just a few miles from the museum, and return trip. Shuttle service will run between the Salisbury station and the museum.