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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Chasing N&W 1218 in Southwest Virginia
April 25, 1987. N&W #1218 makes a Saturday excursion run in Southwest Virginia during heavy rain and flooding. After a stop on Christiansburg Mountain, 1218 restarts on wet rail. This video is from an old VHS tape. A campaign to restore 611 is underway.

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

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 and donate money to their cause.

611 - Norfolk & Western Steam in Northern Ohio in 1994
On July 30, 1994, I was lucky enough to witness what turned out the be the last run of Norfolk and Western Class J #611 through Northern Ohio. The day started at the former Nickel Plate yard in Conneaut where the train was being assembled for the day's excursion. Later, the train is seen just outside Conneaut and again at track speed blasting through Mentor (not Painsville as originally stated. Thanks, wurlitzer153duplex!). 611 was retired at the end of the 1994 excursion season and placed in the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke. But 611 may ride the rails once again early as 2014. Recently, the museum announced a plans to bring 611 back into active excursion service. Information can be found online at I am not affiliated with the museum, I just think it's a great idea. This video is among my earliest recordings, made with a Sears brand full size VHS camcorder sitting on a $30 Ambico tripod.