611 group to host dome car charters

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ROANOKE, Va. — Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 6, for three days of dome-car excursions between Roanoke and Washington, D.C., hosted by the Virginia Museum of Tranportation's "Fire Up 611!" program.

Trips are available Nov. 11-13, and will be sold as one-way tickets, allowing riders to choose which days they travel in each direction. "This allows guests to choose what kind of trip works best for their travel," the museum says on its website. "You may want to ride to Roanoke Friday evening and return Saturday, Sunday, or even Monday. Another option would be to rent a car on your return and drive the Blue Ridge Parkway."

The dome cars will be added to the consist of the new Amtrak service between Roanoke and Washington, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 31. The museum's celebrated steam locomotive, No. 611, will not pull the train, but proceeds will support the locomotive's winter maintenance. Fares will include complimentary breakfast, lunch, and beverages. Each one-way trip lasts approximately five hours.

"Private-railcar trips allow the museum to offer some amenities that aren’t possible during the regular excursions," the museum notes on its website, "including time in the vestibule, wine and beer, as well as more luxurious meal service."

Tickets cost $225. For more information: http://fireup611.org/excursions/potomac_arrow_fall2017/
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