The 1218 has completed its first weekend of public excursions and is pausing at Bedford to have test wire strung along the boiler. The unique old station was built in 1905 and saw its last NW pas... (more)
Coasting down the Christianburg Grade with the "Pelican" in tow, 611 nears Roanoke after her first day of trips.
With a full head of steam N&W 611 gets the Powhatan Arrow rolling out of Lynchburg after spinning the train for the trip back to Roanoke. The signs of progress are evident as the old N&W signals a... (more)
N&W 611 split the the signals at Montvale as it heads east to Lynchburg.
While I'm known as a "Floridian", I was born a "Virginian", and while it may be Mother's Day weekend, 611 is out making history on the third anniversary of my father's passing.... (more)
Two friends and myself arrived early at Blue Ridge Saturday morning figuring we would be one of the first people there. Much to our surprise, they were already 30-40 people scattered in several pl... (more)
The Westbound Pelican eases its way past Christiansburg as a plethora of people look on to watch a piece of history roll past.
The Sunday afternoon westbound Pelican Excursion train with N&W 4-8-4 #611 is seen heading westbound across the Roanoke River at railroad location Singer, where the Virginian Railway crossed the N... (more)
The Sunday morning westbound N&W #611 excursion train is seen departing Lynchburg as it passes two soon-to-be-replaced CPL signals on the Blue Ridge District. The train is has just finished its w... (more)
Crossing the Roanoke river near Wabun, Va., Norfolk & Western J-Class No. 611 leads its final excursion of the weekend back east toward Roanoke from Salem on original Norfolk & Western mainline. I... (more)
The 1218 is headed south to Lynchburg on a beautiful fall day, with its awesome "hoot" whistle sounding for a grade crossing. I've heard hoot whistles mounted on other locomotives such as the C&O... (more)
Westbound 957 passes through Shawsville, charging upgrade towards Christiansburg after a brief shower passed through.
Westbound 957 passes under the ex-Virginian Whitethorne District at Wabun, on the Westbound portion of the afternoon trip to Walton.
After picking up their personnel near Shaffers, the N&W 611 leads the 956 special through the crossovers at Randolph Street, crossing to the station to pick up the morning excursion passengers.