Almost to the top of Linden Hill
Drifting downgrade with coal cars and about to round the big curve to pick up the gentle grade of the New River for the eastbound run to Roanoke. Was it really almost thirty years ago.
Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 611 rolls north out of Danville, Virginia with the second of two Greensboro, North Carolina to Roanoke, Virginia excursions. Although the destination was Roanoke, these exc... (more)
Deadheading from Roanoke to Manassas
Excursions from Roanoke on Mother’s Day weekend started in great light, as illustrated here by N&W 611 throwing some cinders on the cantilever signal bridge at Webster, Virginia.
You think you’re the only fast horse in these parts?Waiting for the return of Norfolk & Western 611 from Lynchburg, I set up by a small horse farm just west of Webster, Virginia. I ... (more)
Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 class J #611 passes the CPL's at Villamont with a Norfolk Southern excursion train for Lynchburg and return to Roanoke. The J performed flawlessly all weekend and was well ... (more)
Celebrating a birthday on May 29 is 611. It's "birth certificate" adorns the streamliner jacketing on each side of the smoke box.
The 1218 is struggling mightily to back her train around the Front Royal wye for the layover after a trip through Manassas Gap. Although limited cutoff kept the Class A factor of adhesion at a to... (more)
The excursion from Roanoke to Lynchburg rolls into Bedford, VA on a nice, sunny day.
Pacing 1218 up to Manassas Gap, the lowest crossing of the Blue Ridge in VA, at 887 feet above sea level. On the other side of the gap is Front Royal and the Shenandoah Valley. I wonder how the ... (more)
A small coud of people get their shots of 956 passing the dilapidated Forest Depot in some thickening overcast.
The local population is awed by the gigantic Class A as it articulates around the Bellevue wye after a trip to Fremont, Ohio.
Returning to Roanoke with the third and final Radford excursion of 2015, I caught this pan shot of 611 across a field.