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Norfolk and Western 611

Chasing the 611 on its run from Chicago to Fort Wayne, IN and back in 1994. I did not know at that time the steam program was going to end, but the 611's crew did! See if you think they were going over 40 mph on this day.


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611 Vs Irondale Hill.wmv
The time was the fall of 1992. A chase of 611 had to be scrubbed at the last minute. It seemed a huge disappointment at the time. Butr I did have time for a couple of shots, so this time I looked for locations athat were not consideder by me to be easy chase locations-that were not as quick to get out of as the ones I used when setting up along HWY 11. WHat the camera captured that day was the most compelling bit of steam action I have ever recorded, with 611 fighting for every inch of the long climb from downtown. A later shot was done in Trussville. In both cases, the camera is left on longer than usual to record the sounds of 611 in the distance. It appears Goodheart Productions was just down the bridge from me, as similar footage appears in "611 Birmingham Memories"!

N&W 611 : The Great Dismal Swamp Derailment
Well, While digging through some old files on a CD my uncle gave to me, i found this Footage. I Decided to Upload it.. No audio as Youtube did not upload it with the video for some reason..

Norfolk and Western 611 Cincinnati to Portsmouth 1994
N&W 611 pulls the final excursion over the N&W Peavine Line. Both the engine and the railroad are out of service. Includes one scene from the next day's run to Danville, KY. Anyone who wants to see the 611 run again should visit http://www.fireup611.org and donate money to their cause.

N&W 611 stalls on Saluda grade - October 1992
N&W 611 slips and stalls on the Saluda grade. Former Southern Railway "W" line near Saluda, North Carolina. Copyright, Pigwerks 1992-2014.

Norfolk and Western J #611 and Y6b #2172
A little tribute to the Norfolk&Western Railroad

611 THE LAST EXCURSION (of the 20th Century).wmv
It was nearly 11 and 1/2 years from the time I first watched 611 pull out of the "weed lot", AKA the site of the former Terminal Station, on her first Birmingham to Chattanooga run. Both days were cloudy and dreary, but it 1983 the clouds parted for a bit as we watched this beautiful machine pulling her train with ease. Today there would be no sun, and there was not a lot of joy, for Norfolk Southern's new president had inaugurated the era of the "No Steam" railway, and murdered this fantastic program. In about a week after these shots, from Birmingham to Attalla, AL, 611 would drop her fires for the last time in the 20th century, and become a static exhibit. There she would wait for a better day, longing to run once more.

Other locomotives at Hesston - Kiddieland Special
The Kiddieland 4-8-4, 14" gauge steamer is on loan to Hesston. It was double heading with the Kiddleland 4-6-4. Hesston is working on her draft to get a better fire. The 2 foot gauge, Sandley built, Brookfield Zoo CB&Q switcher comes out to spot for steamers at the end of the day. CB&Q pulls pretty good now that Hesston has repowered it with a larger engine.

Union Pacific UP 844 Troubles in Mt Pleasant Texas
Union Pacific 844 was attempting to stop in Mt Pleasant Texas, Sunday, April 15, at approx 10:15 am. The diesel locomotive behind her kept pushing and it took the skilled crew 2 miles to get her to stop, the 844 sliding almost the whole way. It was discovered there after, that there were significant flat spots on the drivers, causing too much mechanical vibrations on the running gear and road bed to continue. The Locomotive has been pulled off the Texas part of this trip, but continues to follow the train about two days behind, with the intentions to rejoin if problems are repaired. Currently, April 17, 844 sits in Hearne, TX, where it was supposed to stop on the day of this video. Thanks to the UP crew for all their work in keeping this beauty operating and in top condition. Hopefully, she can be fixed and not have to return to Wyoming.

The Last Run of the N&W 611 - Dec. 7, 1994 - Part 3
The 611 has returned home. This segment features the final movement under its own power of the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam locomotive through the Norfolk Southern Roanoke Yard.

Carolina Rails - Special Video - NS 099 - The N&W 611 J Ferry Move
We head trackside in Thomasville & Spencer, NC to catch NS 099 - The ferry move of the famed J class steamer from Roanoke, VA to Spencer, NC for restoration. The N&W Heritage ES44AC 8103 is leading, followed by the restored Wabash E8. Taken on 5/25.14

A&WP 290 Steam Excursion (Part 1 of 5)
I want to make sure that all who watch this video know I'm not taking credit for filming this video. New Georgia Steam Excursions, from Pentrex is the video Im sharing this from. I have no intent of infringing on somebodys copyright. I only wish to share these clips with fellow railfans who appreciate these shots for what they are. From what I can find after over a year of searching there isnt any footage available to the public of 290 while she was running so as long Ill share these clips for as long as I can. Now that I've placed my disclaimer, here we go: This is part 1 of 5 of the excursion A&WP 290 ran from Atlanta, Ga to Montgomery, Al. This was the first (& I Believe last) time the locomotive ran on her home rails. This is also a special occurrence seeing that 290 is wearing her original whistle that she wore while carrying the Crescent between Atlanta and Montgomery. This trip, locomotive & rail line hold a special place in my heart seeing that the A&WP (now CSX A&WP Subdivision) are my home rails and if you look at any of my recent videos youll see that the A&WP is my primary railfaning line that I was born & raised on. The other significance to this trip is that this is the last time I saw mainline steam running. Its been over 17 years now and, like most of us, Id love to hear a whistle once more. On a rainy August 21, 1992 A&WP 290 takes her train out of Atlanta, Ga and onto her home rails of the A&WP. The train is shown here between Atlanta & La Grange, Ga. I hope you enjoy this footage as much as I have. Greg

N&W 1218: Birmingham to Columbus November 12, 1989: Part 1
November 12, 1989 This is more or less a reposting of one of the videos my father & I made back in 1989 when the NS steam program was still in operation. I was never pleased with the original conversions I had posted and the lack of editing applied to the videos (of which are all on my YouTube channel in the earlier uploads). With the means and help with the video and files Ive finally made this video what I always knew it could be, with refinement, editing & titling. This series of four videos will hopefully be enjoyed by those not fortunate enough to have experienced mainline steam. This is the first of four videos of N&W 1218 on an excursion run from Birmingham, Al to Columbus, Ga on Norfolk Sotherns Central of Georgia district known formally as the P line. The first scene is taken at Vincent, Al. Next the train crosses the Coosa River Trestle in Childersburg. We catch the train again as it makes its way into Sylacauga and finally the departure from Sylacauga after a station stop/ passenger pick up. Enjoy!

Lionel Legacy Norfolk & Western J Class
Lionel Legacy Norfolk and Western J Class 4-8-4 #612. This locomotive, 6-11414, was released by Lionel in 2013. Some of it's features include Lionel Legacy, Railsounds, Odyssey speed control, an operating smoke unit, and an operating electro coupler on the rear of the tender. The passenger cars are made by M.T.H. Electric trains. These sets, 20-6514 and 20-6614, were made in 1997 and are part of their Premier line. The track is K-Line tubular with O-96 curves. And it's being controlled with Lionel Legacy. You'll also see a Lionel Legacy Nickel Plate Road Berkshire #765 pass by in this video. The Norfolk & Western had 14 J Class locomotives. All were built in their Roanoke, Virginia shops between 1941 and 1950. Even though they had small drive wheels, 70", for a locomotive this size, between lightweight drive rods and very precise balancing they were still capable of speeds well in excess of 100 mph. More then once it was said that the top speed of a J was only limited by the courage of the engineer. All but one J was scrapped. Today J #611 resides in the Virginia Transportation Museum and they are hoping to raise enough money with their "Fire Up 611" program to have the 611 steam again.

N&W 611 in Central Virginia - April 12, 1992
An excursion train pulled by the N&W Class J #611 steam locomotive arrives in Lynchburg, Virginia, wyes, then returns south on the former Southern main line. Included in this video are runbys at Evington, Gretna and near Chatham.

Brought To You By the Letter 'J' - part 1
I had previously thought my August '94 footage from Horseshoe Curve was the oldest tape I had...I was wrong. It's this tape, the last trip I took behind Norfolk & Western class J 4-8-4 611, dated October 30, 1993, and as it turned out it was also the last trip I took before Norfolk Southern's steam program was cancelled. The trip was put on by the Piedmont Carolinas Chapter of the NRHS and ran from Charlotte, NC to Toccoa, GA. I rode many of the chapter's trips between 1984 and 1993, but unfortunately all of them except this one predated my or my friend's ownership of a video camera. By the time I bought my Handycam in '96 the steam program was long gone, so the clips from this tape are the only surviving personal footage I have of the 611 under steam. The weather was gloomy but it wasn't about to stop me from filming the 611 as her crew went about the business of preparing her for the return trip from Toccoa. After topping off the coal and water, 611 gingerly pulled the train forward to turn on a wye. For the reverse move through the second leg of the wye, NS employed a Geep to pull the train through tail end first, which is where part 2 picks up.

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