Hurricane forces excursion trains to cancel

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ATLANTA — Rail excursion organizers say Hurricane Joaquin and accompanying heavy rains will be too much this weekend, and are canceling trips.

The most prominent cancellation as of midday Friday are Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Program trips using Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's 2-8-2 Mikado, Southern Railway No. 4501. The trips were billed as the Piedmont Limited from Atlanta to Toccoa, Ga.

"With the area of heavy rainfall expanding into Georgia coupled with the high possibility of numerous flash flooding restrictions, Norfolk Southern and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum have cancelled the Piedmont Limited excursions from Atlanta..." TVRM says on its Facebook page. The museum says it will be processing refunds to guests in the next several weeks.

In North Carolina, Thomasville's "Rail Fan Day" that was set for Saturday is also canceled because of a state of emergency declaration from the state's governor.

Trains News Wire will continue to update with cancellations and Hurrican Joaquin damage reports as they are available.

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