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Boarding-the-train_w300Source: www.salisburypost.com

SPENCER, N.C. – More than 400 Boy Scouts will spend a busy and fun-filled weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum during Rail Camp, Nov. 6-8. Troops will spend Friday through Sunday at the museum, the site of the former Spencer Shops steam locomotive repair facility.  

Most of the 28 troops attending this year’s Rail Camp come from North Carolina. However, troops will also be traveling from as far north as Danville, Va. and as far south as Anderson, S.C. All will learn about locomotive travel and rail transportation and earn their Railroading Merit Badge.  

Many troops and their leaders have been attending Rail Camp for several years. Dwight Creason, who leads Troop 525 from Mocksville, has attended for the past eight years. Creason’s says the scouts are able to learn a lot in a few days. “Most of them, even though they’ve read this stuff in the history books, they really don’t have a concept of it until its hands on,” he said. Creason credits the location, the former Spencer Shops, as making those lessons more tangible. “Being there on site where thousands of men worked several years ago, that’s a pretty awesome experience in itself.”

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Wilson, NC has a train ride in the city park that has been in operation for more than 50 years. I love all the train rides in the city parks. It reminds me so much of growing up riding the train Burlington and the book, “Mr. Punnymoon’s Train.”

For more information, visit: http://www.wilsonnc.org

 
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TLS Sept 5 2009 009NC-Based “Triad Live Steamers” have officially opened their new location in Harrisburg, NC and have a full schedule of fun events planned. Their “Rail Kids” program gives children the opportunity to interact more closely with the locomotives.

Click HERE to learn more about “Rail Kids!”

Triad Live Steamers Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the lore and history of railroading with large scale model trains. The railroad and its equipment is for both children and adults alike to enjoy and ride on. You do not have to own any equipment in order to come and enjoy the club or to join. An interest in learning more about our hobby is all that is required.

TLS Sept 5 2009 005For more information, visit: TriadLiveSteamers.org!

 
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Source: Tricities.com

 By Joe Tennis
Features Writer / Bristol Herald Courier
Published: August 20, 2009

Roll into West Jefferson, N.C., and you wonder: What if? What if the old Virginia-Carolina Railway had not been broken up and lost in time?
What if this place looked more like the Old Dominion?
“If they had done it like they did in Virginia, with that bike trail, it would have been great,” said West Jefferson’s Calvin Green.
In Virginia, from Abingdon to Whitetop to the North Carolina border, this old railroad – later part of the Norfolk & Western line – has been preserved today as the Virginia Creeper Trail.
That logging line was once called the “Virginia Creeper Train.” And, at one time, it ran from Abingdon to West Jefferson, an Ashe County, N.C., town that boasts a bustling downtown district, including an arts scene with 13 murals on various buildings.
West Jefferson also has its own cheese factory. So … what if this train had become a trail here, too?
“My gut tells me it would have changed the dynamics of the community,” said Mike Everhart, the owner of Ashe County Cheese.
Today, you can still see parts of the old railroad bed in West Jefferson. Mysteriously, a cardboard sign nailed to a telephone pole says R/R – with no explanation – and points to the rail bed.
Yet, nearby, another sign marks this level, grassy area as “PRIVATE PROPERTY.”
Several yards from here, near the town’s new Backstreet Park, you can still see the old West Jefferson train depot, now used for storage by Green, 51, the owner of W.J. Hardware on the town’s Main Street.
Green bought the depot in the mid-1970s, just as the trains had quit running on the line. Once painted white with green trim, like so many other depots, it is now bright red.

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