The crew aboard 611 waives as they go by photographers and children in Shawsville.
N&W 611 brings the excursion train into the station in Roanoke
N&W 611 laying it on as it begins the attack on Christiansburg grade near Shawsville, VA
N&W 611 laying it on as it begins the attack on Christiansburg grade near Singer, VA
Leaves go flying as 611 blasts uptown. Believe it or not, I made it from the tunnel to here both days without breaking a sweat...or traffic laws.
Day One of excursions finds 611 pulling out of the yard towards the depot for boarding.
N&W 611, the only remaining example of the N&W's J class of 4-8-4 locomotives leaves Roanoke on it's way to Lynchburg, VA
N&W 611, the only remaining example of the N&W's J class of 4-8-4 locomotives steams it up as it attacks Blue Ridge grade in Webster, VA
All kinds of unbelievable sights on this particular weekend.
Another one that will be remembered for a long time, despite the enormous crowds leading to numerous duplicate views, this was a lifetime highlight of a shot for me.
A lone chimney stands by the former Southern Railway Front Royal Branch at Broad Run as Norfolk & Western 611 storms past on the way to the branch's namesake town.
Norfolk & Western 611 accelerates out of the sag at Happy Creek, just outside Front Royal, as it prepares to climb Linden Hill on the way to Manassas.
N&W 611 approaches the E. Main St. bridge at Guilford Technical Community College while pulling the first excursion of 2016.
NS 611 backs up with a N&W caboose in tow. It was fun seeing this locomotive and it's one of my favorites.
611 passing through horse country in Virginia. Image taken from private property with permission of the owner.
Note: minor plastic piece removed from field digitally.