The Inspiration: Norfolk Southern's 2012 Heritage Unit Family Portrait

The museum’s goal will be to bring as many streamlined units together as possible for an event on par with 2012’s Norfolk Southern Heritage Locomotive Family Portrait. With just six weeks to plan and execute, that event drew thousands of attendees from 39 U.S. states, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Ontario and internationally, from Japan and Austria. 

N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation Board President Steve Mersch says, “Our 2012 Heritage Locomotives Family Portrait gave us the chance to showcase 20 brand new locomotives in historic paint schemes to more than 4,000 rail fans. ‘Streamliners at Spencer’ will again provide us with the opportunity to use the unique setting we have with the 1924 Bob Julian Roundhouse and the 57-acre Spencer Shops complex."