October 2014 (tentative)
All abroad! The NC Transportation Museum Foundation presents the "Blue Ridge Special," a daytrip train ride to Asheville from the museum in Spencer, NC (near Salisbury). Enjoy great views of the changing fall leaves and a rare journey by rail.
The train will travel through the western North Carolina Piedmont, into the foothills and on to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Departing Spencer at 7 AM, the train will roll through the cities of Statesville, Hickory, Morganton, Marion, Black Mountain and Swannanoa. The train will cross the Catawba River on a large trestle, then twist through the famous loops near Old Fort. This engineering marvel takes us over the Blue Ridge on a 13-mile twisting route that pierces several tunnels and nearly crosses the train over itself at other times, offering breathtaking views.
Passengers will have nearly three hours for an outing at Biltmore Village. Established in the late 1890s as a planned community near the entrance of the Biltmore estate, Biltmore Village offers shopping in unique, locally-owned boutiques. Passengers can dine in restaurants and walk along brick sidewalks that parallel tree-lined streets. All of this will be enjoyed alongside spectacular views of the North Carolina mountains.
Departing Asheville at 3 PM., the "Blue Ridge Special" will return to Spencer at 8 PM.