Norfolk & Western J Class #611 storms into Roanoke early in the morning on Independence Day, delighting hundreds of railfans as they prepare to ride behind her to Lynchburg.
Leading an excursion back to Roanoke from Lynchburg, the J gets a running start for the climb over Blue Ridge grade ahead.
Class J 611 bites into the Blue Ridge Grade eastbound at Webster Va
The 611 splits the intermediate signals at Montvale as it leads an NS '21st Century Steam' excursion from Roanoke to Lynchburg.
As the sun lights up the iconic face of N&W CPL's, N&W J Class 611 splits the intermediate signals at Montvale, Virginia as NS 958 makes it's way eastbound to Lynchburg.
The rear of NS train 188 just barely clears on the near track as the 611 passes with an excursion returning to Roanoke from Lynchburg.
N&W 611 puts on a show as she climbs the grade at Villamont on the way back to Roanoke from Lynchburg, falling down to a walking pace and slipping her big drivers on the wet rail several times.
A little afternoon rain starts as N&W #611 heads back to Roanoke, VA
The Westbound return trip of the 611 excursion to Lynchburg passes the CPL signals at Webster, just East of Roanoke.
The morning excursion featuring the Norfolk & Western 611 has turned on the wye at Kinney and returns west through Forest, passing the old depot.
The Eastbound morning excursion to Lynchburg has taken off from Roanoke and fills the air with smoke passing under the CPL signals at Webster.
The sound and steam show was the best it ever gets as N&W #611 climbs up Blue Ridge grade on it's way back to Roanoke, VA
N&W 611 is down to an absolute crawl through Shawsville, nearly stalling on the grade but putting on a fantastic show.
N&W 611 puts on its own fireworks show as it climbs Christiansbug Mountain on the fourth of July.