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.
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.
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
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.
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"!
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.
Nickel Plate 2-8-2 Steam Locomotive #587 runby
Nickel Plate 2-8-2 587 heads back northeast from Hugo interlocking. Hugo
interlocking combined with track elsewhere in the city forms a wye which
was often used to turn steam locomotives when they reached Fort Wayne as
part of excursions. Hence we see 587 running pretty light back to meet up
with the excursion train.
I stabilized this footage quite a bit as it was before the era of image
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.
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..
611 Moving again! (Part 1)
The 611 moving! (Part 1) (Make sure to catch part two!) gfor a special
event at the Roanoke Shops here, show peice! Wonderful move to, Pardon any
language, and/or my obnoxious talking :P
They were hauling the locomotive to the Roanoke Shops for its birthday
(125th). So they decided that the 611 and 1218 should be in attendance.