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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The Story of Norfolk and Western 611
First, a brief history of the evolution of the iron horse from the beginning to the superpower era. Next, a brief history of the 611. And finally, my personal thoughts regarding big steam trains. It all meshes together quite well. One thing that should be noted is competition from the automobile and the airplane (1940-1960) gave people faster alternatives for travel, instead of taking the train everywhere. Also, when I say "dawn of the superpower era" I am referring to America being known as a superpower country after WWII. The "superpower" meaning for steam engines was coined by Lima in the mid 1920's to define steam engines with enlarged fireboxes, supported by two trailing axles. In regards to what I said about the German spies reporting large engines moving tons of war material, I actually believe this is a rumor only, not a proven fact. Purchase Items with my photos on them: If you enjoy my videos, feel free to like, comment, and share! Thanks for watching!