The 1218 is climbing the Blue Ridge grade after its first weekend of public excursions in 1987.
In its second day of public excursion service, the 1218 is coming from Shaffer's Crossing to couple ahead of a Lynchburg-bound special.
NW Class A No. 1218 is headed toward the Radford wye from Roanoke, after a morning round-trip from Roanoke to Lynchburg. Locals and casual railfans between the gauge are flinching from the awesom... (more)
My late grandparents (on the left) give a sense of scale to two of the world's greatest steam locomotives- C&O H-8 No. 1604 and N&W Class A No. 1218. The location is the old Roanoke Transportatio... (more)
Norfolk Southern steam special featuring N&W 1218. Tom Golden photo.
Norfolk & Western A-class 2-6-6-4 1218 approaches a signal bridge on the Southern main line at Barboursville, Virginia. While I don’t remember the train stopping, the smoke drifting ahead of the 1... (more)
A Over the Rivanna
After pulling freight from Roanoke to Lynchburg and Charlottesville, Virginia, N&W A-class 2-6-6-4 1218 has switched to pulling passengers northward from Charlot... (more)
Continuing its non-excursion trip from Roanoke to Charlottesville, Virginia, N&W A-class 2-6-6-4 1218 nears its destination. Pulling a pair of tool cars, and five hoppers to be left in Charlottesv... (more)
My first chance to view N&W A-class 2-6-6-4 1218 was when it came north to pull a series of excursions out of Alexandria, Virginia. In previous years, on one weekend, a... (more)
With North America's largest interlocking tower in the background, N&W 1218 works its way south (railroad east) along the former Nickel Plate main on a passenger special. Tom Golden photo.
Two of Roanoke's finest perform a rare side-by-side mainline runby- the 1218 with empty hoppers and the 611 pulling a passenger trainload of conventioneers.
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.
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)