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

N&W 611 Greensboro to Charlottesville and Greensboro to Asheville Oct 1994
10/15/94 Greensboro, NC to Charlottesville, VA: Pacing along US 29 north of Yadkin, NC, Blairs VA, Chatham, Alta Vista 10/16/94 Greensboro, NC to Asheville, NC: Salisbury, Celanese Rd. near Barber, Pacing along US 70, Catawba River Bridge, Conover, Hildebrand, The Loops, Azalea, Biltmore Wye, Asheville Yard. Hi8 Master recording

Fire Up 611 5/9/15: N&W J 611's Historic First Move of the Century
Those of us at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC for National Train Day witnessed an historic event that many of us had been looking forward to our entire lives, myself included. The J 611 has always been a symbol of power and speed, and is undoubtedly one of the most famous steam locomotives in existence. With a successful test fire in her firebox, the J moved under her own power for the first time in 20 years and 153 days. The unexpected decision to move the 611 left the hundred or so of us scrambling, but no matter how poorly organized any shots were, it really doesn't matter. He's one of the first videos you'll see of N&W 611 moving under steam this century. There's plenty of action from that classic whistle too. Enjoy, and be sure to share with your friends!

N&W 611 Charlotte to Asheville via Saluda 10/25/92
Charlotte to Asheville Westbound: Gastonia, Kings Mountain, East Gaffney, Inman, Near Tryon, Sand Cut, East Flat Rock Eastbound: Henderson, Saluda, Melrose, Spartanburg Hi8 Master recording