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





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"!





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.





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





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.





N&W Steam Tripleheader - July 16, 1989 - Part 5
Nickel Plate 587 and Norfolk and Western 611 and 1218, in a once-in-a-lifetime triplehead run from Roanoke to Lynchburg in July, 1989.





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.





"GOING HOME" - N&W J #611 (part 2 of 3)
An old tape I have highlighting the rebirth of Norfolk & Western J #611 in the early 80's. Considered among the finest examples of late-era steam, these streamlined, efficient thoroughbreds were built by N&W and pulled passenger trains for nearly a decade. Fortunately #611 was saved from the cutting torch and pulled excursions from 1982-1994. This film documents the work leading up to that era. It has since been displayed at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, alongside another N&W excursion star, Class A 2-6-6-4 #1218. This film really captures the spirit of running one of man's most beloved creations. Both railroaders and railfans alike wait patiently for her return....





N&W 611 in Lynchburg, Va. - April 25, 1992
The Norfolk & Western Class J #611 steam locomotive pulls a steam excursion train into Lynchburg, turns on the wye at Montview yard, then heads back north on the former Southern main line.





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.





N&W J, 611 roars past at 60 and 70 mph on the Nickel Plate Road in PA & NY. August 12, 1984
We are on the ex-NKP in Erie, PA. to watch the N&W 611 pull a 24 car passenger excursion We watch the J pull out of Erie in the morning. Then at North East, PA. 611 blast passed the camera at 60+ mile per hour. The third location was at Ripley NY, and ROARS past at 70 mph, as a west bound freights headlight can be seen off in the distance. We are in wine country, at Fredonia, NY. 611 has just finished doing a run-by, and leaves for Buffalo. The 4-8-4 has NO trouble getting the 24 car train started Thanks for watching. Clip was taken with a Kodak 8mm sound movie camera in August 12, 1984 copyright jackmp294.5™ © 2012 do not use without permission...





N&W 611 at Buffalo, NY
Video if 611 Steam Engine at Buffalo, NY sometime in the early 90's.





611 Climbs the Saluda Grade
611 starts from a stop on the Saluda grade. Listen for the whistle at the end!





"GOING HOME" - N&W J #611 (part 3)
An old tape I have highlighting the rebirth of Norfolk & Western J #611 in the early 80's. Considered among the finest examples of late-era steam, these streamlined, efficient thoroughbreds were built by N&W and pulled passenger trains for nearly a decade. Fortunately #611 was saved from the cutting torch and pulled excursions from 1982-1994. This film documents the work leading up to that era. It has since been displayed at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, alongside another N&W excursion star, Class A 2-6-6-4 #1218. This film really captures the spirit of running one of man's most beloved creations. Both railroaders and railfans alike wait patiently for her return....





N&W 1218 Departs Roanoke - October 12, 1991
The 1218 departs Roanoke, Virginia in spectacular fashion for Walton on October 12, 1991, in what would turn out to be one of the steam locomotive's final excursion runs. The class A 1218, built in 1943 in the Norfolk & Western's Roanoke Shops, was due for its five-year inspection the following Spring, and was never returned to service. Three years later, Norfolk Southern abandoned their steam excursion program, retiring the class J 611 and leaving the fate of the disassembled 1218 uncertain. In January of 1996, the 1218, now with only a shell of a boiler, was towed from the former Birmingham steam shops back to Roanoke, and in 2003, after cosmetic restoration, it was moved to the Virginia Museum of Transportation for permanent display.




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