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.
Cab Ride - N&W 611
Departing Jacksonville, Florida in the cab of N&W 611. 1986 excursion of
the "Suwanee Steam Special" in the cab during a brake test and departure.
Part one of two. Be sure to watch part two, featuring faster running on the mainline towards
Valdosta, GA and the Florida/Georgia state line.
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"!