Streamliners at Spencer coming to DVD

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since “Streamliners at Spencer” – a four-day event that brought together an impressive collection of vintage diesels (plus one remarkable steam locomotive) at the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

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By any measure this was a huge event for railfans and photographers – the largest ever gathering of vintage locomotives in North America. Who could resist?

Hundreds of people made the trek to Spencer, and they came from all over. The museum reported that advanced ticket orders poured in from 41 states plus the District of Columbia – as well as from Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Japan and the United Kingdom.

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Was it worth the trip? You bet! Cab units took turns riding the turntable at the center of the 37-stall Bob Julian Roundhouse. Vintage prime movers growled to haul trains of fans. Others opened their doors for cab tours. And one streamlined steamer – Norfolk and Western Class J 4-8-4 number 611 – arrived at Spencer in time to join in the festivities before entering the roundhouse for restoration work.

(That restoration is now almost complete: as reported at, the Museum is holding a send-off celebration on Saturday, May 23rd). A night photo session cast the locomotives in a different light, enhanced by rain that made every paint job sparkle.

TrainMasters TV was there, too – and devoted three segments to the festival in the July, 2014 and August, 2014 editions.

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As the one-year anniversary approaches, it’s a perfect time to offer this TMTV coverage as a 66-minute documentary on DVD or as a download-to-own:

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In “Streamliners at Spencer”, one gets to see and hear these wonderfully preserved examples of North American railroading in action, as well as hear the stories of the people involved – from the restoration teams, to the event organizers, to the railfans and photographers who made the pilgrimage, from across the United States and around the world, to experience a remarkable four days of railroad history.

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Were you at “Streamliners at Spencer”? Do you have a favorite railfanning experience with a vintage cab unit – or even with N&W 611? Tell us your story in the comments section!

Trevor Marshall