Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pan Am Railways FP9 Added to Streamliners at Spencer Event

(SOURCE:  Trains.com NewsWire)  More info HERE

SPENCER, N.C. – The North Carolina Transportation Museum and North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation are adding Wabash E8 No. 1009 and Pan Am Railways FP9 No. 1 to the list of locomotives attending the Streamliners at Spencer event. The four-day event is being held May 29-June 1 at the museum’s grounds in Spencer. It will celebrate classic streamlined locomotives, ranging from Atlantic Coast Line E3 No. 501, built in 1939, to Norfolk Southern’s recently upgraded executive F9s. With the addition of these two units, the total number of engines attending “Streamliners at Spencer” is now 16.

General Motors Diesel, the Canadian subsidiary of EMD, built Pan Am Railways FP9 No. 1 in 1954 for Canadian National as No. 6505. The unit was used in passenger service for CN until 1978, when it was transferred to VIA Rail Canada.

VIA sold the engine to New Hampshire’s Conway Scenic Railway for use on the tourist railroad. In 2010, the engine was part of a trade between Conway Scenic and Pan Am Railways that saw the engine move to its new home in Waterville, Maine, to pull business trains.

Tickets are now on sale for the event. A special Preview Day, featuring the last of the engines to arrive, special movements, site preparations and more will be held May 29. Tickets for the Preview Day are $40 per person in advance. Tickets will be $45 on the day of the event.

Combo tickets and group discounts will be available, along with discounts for North Carolina Transportation Museum members and Norfolk Southern employees. Tickets are available online at www.nctrans.org or by calling (704) 636-2889, ext. 237 or ext. 257

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