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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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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.





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"!





N&W 611 Restoration Ceremony - Spencer, NC - Friday May 30, 2014
Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman removes the first bolt from N&W 611 to officially begin her restoration.





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.





N&W 611 stalls on Saluda grade - October 1992
N&W 611 slips and stalls on the Saluda grade. Former Southern Railway "W" line near Saluda, North Carolina. Copyright, Pigwerks 1992-2014.





Union Pacific UP 844 Troubles in Mt Pleasant Texas
Union Pacific 844 was attempting to stop in Mt Pleasant Texas, Sunday, April 15, at approx 10:15 am. The diesel locomotive behind her kept pushing and it took the skilled crew 2 miles to get her to stop, the 844 sliding almost the whole way. It was discovered there after, that there were significant flat spots on the drivers, causing too much mechanical vibrations on the running gear and road bed to continue. The Locomotive has been pulled off the Texas part of this trip, but continues to follow the train about two days behind, with the intentions to rejoin if problems are repaired. Currently, April 17, 844 sits in Hearne, TX, where it was supposed to stop on the day of this video. Thanks to the UP crew for all their work in keeping this beauty operating and in top condition. Hopefully, she can be fixed and not have to return to Wyoming.





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 1 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.... Sorry about the 3 parts- - this was uploaded before YouTube allowed longer videos. Thanks to switchstand for the content and CoasterTroy80 for video transfer & sound.





Norfolk & Western - Hauling coal
Norfolk & Western articulted locomotives hauling coal. This is from "Pocahontas Glory Vol. 4" by Herron´╗┐ Rail Video. Check out Herron Rail Video: http://www.herronrail.com/ and Specialist Publications & Videos {Formerly Steam Powered Video}: http://www.spv.co.uk/





The Last Run of the N&W 611 - Dec. 7, 1994 - Part 2
This segment includes the Lynchburg to Roanoke portion of the final run of the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam locomotive on its return home. At the end of this segment, the 611 is seen passing the Roanoke Shops where it was constructed in May, 1950.





STEAM ENGINE! tour of Norfolk and Western N&W 611 Steam Locomotive up close and personal
Here is a very good look at the N&W 611. Enjoy this rare opportunity I had to explore this beautiful locomotive. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dieselducy Website: http://www.dieselducy.com Google+: http://www.google.com/+dieselducy Flickr: http://flickr.com/dieselducy Twitter: http://twitter.com/dieselducy





N&W Steam Tripleheader - July 16, 1989 - Part 2
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.





Steam train: NW 611 6 Runbys repost
Corrected aspext ratio. NW J 611 at Culpeper, Amherst, Redhill, Orange, Culpeper again and Brandy Station, VA on 4/25/92.





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.





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