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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 611 and NKP 587 doublehead
VHS footage from 1989 when we chased the 611 and 587 on part of their one-way trip. We picked them up at Muncie, Indiana and followed them a little into Ohio.





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.





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





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.





Southern 4501
VHS footage of SR 4501 running in and back out of Muncie, Indiana around the year 1992. We were looking for this trip to be pulled by the 1218 and were surprised to see the green Mike instead. Most of the video was shot by one of my friends, while I picked up the K1000 35mm camera.





Norfolk and Western 1218 "A"
VHS footage of the 1218 run from Chicago to Fort Wayne IN, around the "Y" at Runnion St. and back. I think it was in 1991, now I know I should always date my videos.





N&W 611 : The Great Dismal Swamp Derailment
Well, While digging through some old files on a CD my uncle gave to me, i found this Footage. I Decided to Upload it.. No audio as Youtube did not upload it with the video for some reason..





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.





N&W #1218 + 100 Coal Hoppers (1987)
N&W 1218 pulls a 100 car coal train on May 4, 1987 Footage is from "1218 Coal Train" by Main Line Motion Pictures. http://mlmp.tripod.com/





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.





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





Norfolk & Western "Class J" 4-8-4 by Bachmann
Finally, I got around to filming a review of this beautiful locomotive. It is a Norfolk and Western "Class J" 4-8-4. My brother and I bought this in a brilliant shop called M.B. Kleins back in 2009, near Baltimore. It runs really well, but we've had a few problems getting it to pull trains, and turn corners. It also has a very low riding pilot, which causes it to jam on the rails sometimes... Enjoy! You may see more of her in the future...





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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