Spring 611 tickets nearly one-third sold

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N&W No. 611 rides across a bridge near Goodview, Va., Jan. 6 as it makes its way from Roanoke Va., to Spencer, N.C., for service.
Samuel Phillips
ROANOKE, Va. — Officials at the Virginia Museum of Transportation say they are satisfied with sales of about 3,000 tickets, so far, for Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611’s spring excursion season.

Museum Executive Director Bev Fitzpatrick tells Trains News Wire that the entire season is about 28-percent sold out. Between the Virginia museum and North Carolina Transportation Museum-sponsored excursions, No. 611’s 2017 excursion season has a capacity of more than 11,100 seats.

Tickets remain for most of the excursions, but Fitzpatrick says that sales are especially strong for The Pocahontas excursions from Roanoke to Walton, Va., and return on Saturday, May 27.

The museum’s Powhatan Arrow excursions from Roanoke to Lynchburg and return are also selling well on Memorial Day weekend with more than 345 tickets sold for Saturday, May 27 trip to Lynchburg and nearly 200 seats sold for the Sunday, May 28 trip to Lynchburg and return.

The Virginia museum is also sponsoring a Memorial Day trip on Monday, May 29 that has capacity on both the morning trip to Lynchburg and the afternoon trip west to Walton near Radford, Va.

Fitzpatrick says that the North Carolina-based excursions sponsored by the North Carolina Transportation Museum are also performing well. To date, approximately 250 seats have been sold on the Spencer, N.C., to Lynchburg, Va., trips and more than 100 seats have been sold on The Charlotte Special from Spencer, N.C., to Charlotte, N.C., and return.

The museum’s round-trip Piedmont Limited excursion, which will run from Spencer, N.C., to Greensboro, N.C., still has several hundred seats remaining.

Fitzpatrick says that Saturday excursions typically outperform Sunday excursions, but says that availability remains on most all of 611’s trips this year. A total of 13 excursions are currently planned for the 2017 season, including a new venue that will take J-Class No. 611 south of Spencer, N.C., to Charlotte, N.C., and return.

More information is available online.

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