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

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.

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.

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.

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.

A&WP 290 Steam Excursion (Part 1 of 5)
I want to make sure that all who watch this video know I'm not taking credit for filming this video. New Georgia Steam Excursions, from Pentrex is the video Im sharing this from. I have no intent of infringing on somebodys copyright. I only wish to share these clips with fellow railfans who appreciate these shots for what they are. From what I can find after over a year of searching there isnt any footage available to the public of 290 while she was running so as long Ill share these clips for as long as I can. Now that I've placed my disclaimer, here we go: This is part 1 of 5 of the excursion A&WP 290 ran from Atlanta, Ga to Montgomery, Al. This was the first (& I Believe last) time the locomotive ran on her home rails. This is also a special occurrence seeing that 290 is wearing her original whistle that she wore while carrying the Crescent between Atlanta and Montgomery. This trip, locomotive & rail line hold a special place in my heart seeing that the A&WP (now CSX A&WP Subdivision) are my home rails and if you look at any of my recent videos youll see that the A&WP is my primary railfaning line that I was born & raised on. The other significance to this trip is that this is the last time I saw mainline steam running. Its been over 17 years now and, like most of us, Id love to hear a whistle once more. On a rainy August 21, 1992 A&WP 290 takes her train out of Atlanta, Ga and onto her home rails of the A&WP. The train is shown here between Atlanta & La Grange, Ga. I hope you enjoy this footage as much as I have. Greg

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.

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.

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/

Lionel Legacy Norfolk & Western J Class
Lionel Legacy Norfolk and Western J Class 4-8-4 #612. This locomotive, 6-11414, was released by Lionel in 2013. Some of it's features include Lionel Legacy, Railsounds, Odyssey speed control, an operating smoke unit, and an operating electro coupler on the rear of the tender. The passenger cars are made by M.T.H. Electric trains. These sets, 20-6514 and 20-6614, were made in 1997 and are part of their Premier line. The track is K-Line tubular with O-96 curves. And it's being controlled with Lionel Legacy. You'll also see a Lionel Legacy Nickel Plate Road Berkshire #765 pass by in this video. The Norfolk & Western had 14 J Class locomotives. All were built in their Roanoke, Virginia shops between 1941 and 1950. Even though they had small drive wheels, 70", for a locomotive this size, between lightweight drive rods and very precise balancing they were still capable of speeds well in excess of 100 mph. More then once it was said that the top speed of a J was only limited by the courage of the engineer. All but one J was scrapped. Today J #611 resides in the Virginia Transportation Museum and they are hoping to raise enough money with their "Fire Up 611" program to have the 611 steam again.

Norfolk & Western 611 (Restoration Tour), 08-23-2014 #2
N&W 611 J Class 4-8-4 steam locomotive being restored to operating condition at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina.

N&W 611 at Buffalo, NY
Video if 611 Steam Engine at Buffalo, NY sometime in the early 90's.

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.

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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