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.
N&W 611 and NKP 587 doublehead
VHS footage from 1989 when we chased the 611 and 587 on part of their
one-way trip. We picked them up at Muncie, Indiana and followed them a
little into Ohio.
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.
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"!
VHS footage of SR 4501 running in and back out of Muncie, Indiana around
the year 1992. We were looking for this trip to be pulled by the 1218 and
were surprised to see the green Mike instead. Most of the video was shot
by one of my friends, while I picked up the K1000 35mm camera.
Norfolk and Western 1218 "A"
VHS footage of the 1218 run from Chicago to Fort Wayne IN, around the "Y"
at Runnion St. and back. I think it was in 1991, now I know I should
always date my videos.
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.
Norfolk & Western "Class J" 4-8-4 by Bachmann
Finally, I got around to filming a review of this beautiful locomotive. It
is a Norfolk and Western "Class J" 4-8-4. My brother and I bought this in a
brilliant shop called M.B. Kleins back in 2009, near Baltimore.
It runs really well, but we've had a few problems getting it to pull
trains, and turn corners. It also has a very low riding pilot, which causes
it to jam on the rails sometimes...
Enjoy! You may see more of her in the future...
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.