Norfolk and Western class J 611 is eastbound on the Blue Ridge grade on the first excursion from Roanoke. This is the location of many steam photos from the 1950s but the wooden bridge over the tr... (more)
N&W #611 splits a pair of CPL signals as she climbs the grade at Blue Ridge with a passenger extra en route to Lynchburg, VA. Got quite a show on the second day of excursions with a powerful plum... (more)
Norfolk & Western #611 charges over the grade at Blue Ridge, VA passing a set of CPL signals with a passenger extra en route to Lynchburg, VA
N&W 611 putting on a show on a damp morning as she forces herself up the grade headed east through Blue Ridge, VA. 611 will make her way to Lynchburg, VA and head back to Roanoke, VA for the new t... (more)
I started devouring Lucius Beebe books in the 1950's. I saw his "Burning of Rome" smoke plumes and thought that was how steam locomotives always looked. Boy, did I ever want to see that! Flash for... (more)
N&W 611 tackles the grade at Blue Ridge as it heads for 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.
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
Classic N&W: As clouds cover the Blue Ridge Mountains, N&W J Class 611 marches up the steep grade and splits the iconic CPL's at Blue Ridge, Virginia.
"A rainy day.. 611 climbing a monstrous grade.. And a perfect spot to listen to her work."
After climbing the hill at Blue Ridge, we heard NW 611 whistle for the crossing at Villamont... (more)
N&W 611 is on its homecoming excursion back to Roanoke from recently being restored in Spencer, NC.
NW 611 steams through the classic N&W color-position light signals at Blue Ridge with Norfolk Southern's then CEO & President Wick Moorman at the throttle. Taken from a poplar tree.
The return of 611 has almost reached home of Roanoke, passing through the N&W CPL signals at Blue Ridge.
En route from Spencer to Roanoke, N&W's famed class J is nearly at the crest of Blue Ridge as she splits a pair of CPLs. Back in the steam days, these signals wouldn't have had colored lights. But... (more)
With the Blue Ridge mountains as a backdrop, N&W 611 splits the grade's namesake signals on the way home from Spencer to Roanoke.