Annual Historic Steam Train Excursion Print

Scenery, history and nostalgia are just around the bend in two spring steam train excursions offered by Norfolk Southern Corp partnering with Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum has been given a rare opportunity for steam train excursions through East Tennessee. Since the citizens of our area do not have the opportunity to ride a train in our region, this will be a chance for the young and old to ride behind a steam locomotive which was recently restored.  These trips were operated last year and over 2400 people were turned away since tickets sold out so fast.

The excursion train will operate from Bristol, VA to Bulls Gap, TN and return.  There will be a station stop at the Elm St. Norfolk Southern Elm Street Station in Johnson City, TN. After leaving Johnson City, the train will pass through historic Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee. It will pass Washington College Academy, founded by Samuel Doak in 1780, the oldest school “west of the Alleghenies and south of River Ohio”. Next on the route is Limestone, birthplace of Davy Crockett, then Greeneville, the home of Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States. After descending into the lowlands, the train will arrive in Bulls Gap, TN. In Bulls Gap, passengers will have time to visit the small town and help celebrate Bulls Gap’s long history as a railroad town.  Downtown Bulls Gap will fill with railroad enthusiasts, live music, food, and entertainment for all ages visitors will also have an opportunity to visit the Archie Campbell Museum and Homeplace complex along with the railroad museum and hotel.

The train departs at 9 am then arrives in Johnson City to board passengers at 9:50 am and depart at 10:00 am. The train will arrive in Bulls Gap at 12 noon. The train will depart Bulls Gap at 2 pm, arriving at Johnson City at 4 pm then Bristol at 5 pm.     

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