NORFOLK, Va. (WBOC/AP)- Norfolk Southern is celebrating its corporate heritage and showcasing the benefits of rail freight transportation with a 10-state, 15-city tour.
The Norfolk-based railroad operator says its Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car will travel to the cities between June and December.
The exhibit car is a restored 1926 Pullman passenger car that was converted to a mobile museum in 1971. Officials say that in its 41 years as a display car, more than 1.5 million people have viewed it.
Among new features for the 2012 tour is a display featuring the company's heritage locomotives. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Norfolk Southern this year, the company is rolling out 20 locomotives painted in the color schemes of some of its most prominent predecessor companies. The Exhibit Car displays models of the locomotives, along with historical information about each railroad and a flat-screen monitor showing images of the real locomotives.
Along with several other displays and games to help show how freight products are transported, visitors also get a chance to be at the controls of a virtual freight train.
The car will tour through December on the following schedule, with all events open to the public unless noted otherwise:
Norfolk Southern provides the Exhibit Car at no cost for community events throughout its service territory. To request the car for 2013, click here.