Farewell to the E's Railfan Weekend

Southern Rail Charters Announces A Premier Railfan Excursion Event for 2003 "Farewell To The E's" Railfan Weekend November 14-15, 2003

If you missed our May excursion behind the New York Central E-8's, or would lilke one last chance to ride behind and photograph these classic passenger diesels in action, make plans to join us this November as the 'E's' conclude their final season in excursion service over the scenic route of the former Tennessee Central Railway.

Our "Farewell to the E's" Railfan Weekend will kick off with a Friday night photo session at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum with Steve Barry of Railfan & Railroad as our invited guest and lead photographer. The photo session will be followed by a slide show featuring the very best of E-units in passenger service across the country from the 1950s and '60s.

The weekends main event will be Saturdays excursion with not one, not two, but three ex-New York Central E-8's (two in original 'Lightning Stripe' livery) scheduled to pull our train. If all three units are available, plans call for running non-stop to Baxter to cover the most scenic portion of the route through Caney Fork River Valley and up Silver Point Hill, otherwise we will turn the train at Carthage Junction, with some 'rare milage' up the rarely used Carthage Branch. Either way we'll spend a full afternoon on the way back to Nashville making photo runbys with our streamlined consist 'properly pointed' for cameras (Railway Post Office car in the lead, observation car carrying the markers).

Excursion accommodations include Deluxe Coach, First Class Lounge or Vista-Dome seating and all passengers will be eligible to win a cab ride. This charter will be your best opportunity to photograph and ride behind (or maybe ride inside!) the 'E's' before their retirement from Tennessee Central excursion service. For details and reservations, visit the Southern Rail Charters website or call us at 205-335-3457.