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Historic steam engine returns to Old Towne Petersburg

Posted at 10:28 PM, May 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-07 18:38:49-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A historic steam engine chugged into Old Towne Petersburg this weekend.

The Norfolk and Western "Cavalier" steam engine, also known as J-611, dropped off hundreds of passengers from Lynchburg on Saturday and Sunday.

The riders got to experience the quaint shops and restaurants that Old Towne has to offer before making boarding the train for the four-hour ride back to Lynchburg.

For some, the train ride was a chance to step back in time. But for some train lovers it was an experience they will likely never forget.

“It was really fun,” Andrew Cox said. “It was my first train ride ever. And it’s actually my favorite train in the world. I got to ride in the dome car, so it’s really cool.”

This wasn’t the first time the 611 rolled through Petersburg in recent years. Thousands were on hand to watch the train arrived in 2015.

6:30 AM Boarding in Lynchburg
7:30 AM Depart Lynchburg
12:30 PM Arrive Petersburg
3:30 PM Depart Petersburg
8:30 PM Arrive Lynchburg