All abroad! Steam rail travels through heart of the Bluegrass

Steam Engine 630. Provided photo
Steam Engine 630. Provided photo

(FOX19) - On Wednesday's The Xtra, we'll get a preview of a steam rail trip May 17 and May 18 from Cincinnati to Danville, Ky.

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has put tickets on sale for area rail excursions. As part of its multi-year partnership with Norfolk-Southern Railroad, the museum has expanded in the Cincinnati and Lexington areas this year.

This trip will operate over Norfolk Southern's Central Division First District main line on a 234-mile round trip.

This train will traverse the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region on a scenic and historic line, well known for stone fences and horse farms.

The train will also cross the Kentucky River near Lexington on the famous High Bridge which is the highest double track railroad bridge in the United States at 312 feet above the river.

Departure from Norfolk Southern's Intermodal Yard in Cincinnati will be at 8 a.m., arriving in Danville around 12:30 p.m. for an approximate 2-hour layover.

Departure from Danville should be around 2:30 p.m. with return to Cincinnati scheduled for approximately 6 p.m. A commissary car will be included on the train selling snacks, soft drinks, and light food.

A gift shop will also be featured on board for those wishing to purchase souvenir items.

Ticket information

Starting at $80 per seat for passengers age 3 and up. Everyone age 3 and up requires a ticket; under 3 is no charge if not occupying a seat, no food included.

Coach Class: $80 (without meal).  Coach Class seating is provided in temperature controlled modern cars with non-reclining seats.

Deluxe Coach: $95 (without meal). Deluxe Coach seating is provided in climate controlled vintage cars with reclining seats.

Tickets and information can be found at or by calling 423-894-8028 extension 18.

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