Steam Excursion Train returns to Oneida after 20-year absence
Oneida, TN (2013-09-26) After a 20-year absence, the sound of steam will once again chug along the rails of the Norfolk-Southern main line to Oneida, as a steam excursion train treks up the Cumberland Plateau this November.
The Scott County
Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday the very first BSF Vintage Train Fest,
slated for Oneida City Park on Sunday, November 10, 2013. The festival will be
centered around the arrival of the excursion train
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The excursion train and the festival at the city park is not unlike the popular Steam Train Festival held in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In those days, Norfolk-Southern and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum teamed up to bring the Autumn Leaf Special steam excursion train to Oneida for two weekends in October. When the excursion trains stopped coming, the Steam Train Festival became the Sorghum Festival before eventually ending altogether.
that the train is coming back,” Kidd said. “Many Scott Countians
enjoyed hearing the sound of the steam engine coming up the tracks when the
Autumn Leaf Special came to
The Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee’s Brandon Hughett helped organize the train’s return to the northern plateau. “I want the BSF Vintage Train Fest to welcome the train’s passengers as guests in our town,” Hughett said. “As a community, it’s important that everyone comes out to show their support and hospitality in welcoming our guests.”
The trip up the
“Trains are something that every child loves,” Hughett said. “I’ll never forget, as a child, seeing the steam excursion trains from the 1980s roll through Robbins on their way to Oneida. It’ll be good to once again hear the steam whistle roar at the many road crossings along Norfolk-Southern’s main line.”
The BSF Vintage Train Fest will be a free event. Details are still being finalized, but a vendor registration form and information on entering the classic car show was expected to be posted on the Chamber of Commerce’s Discover Scott website — www.discoverscott.com — by Friday.
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