N&W J Class 4-8-4 611 crossing over US 460 on it's way back to Roanoke on the last trip of the first day the Memorial Day weekend excursions.
Just after passing Big Spring Mill N&W 611 highballs West with the "Pocahontas" headed for Walton and return to Roanoke.
N&W 611 charging through the Blue Ridge Mountains unassisted leads mass chaos between the general public being trackside and the crazy railfans all trying to get their shots.
While most others grabbed shots from the mill or at the river, I wanted to include the mill in my shot. A drone flew close overhead, so he had the same idea. 611 blasts past several fans on its ... (more)
Mr. Young started working in 1944 in the track gang. He said his favorite locomotive was the J. He watches and waves at passengers with his 1968 Chevy Impala present.
N&W 611 eases her train across the south fork of the Roanoke River as she makes he way west towards Walton, Virginia.
On the final run of the weekend The Queen of Steam brings the Westbound "Pocahontas" through Elliston. The train is seen passing the Big Spring Mill which is a operating 1930s vintage grain mill.... (more)
N&W 611 heads East for Roanoke with "The Pocahontas" and crosses over the South Fork Roanoke River in Elliston.
N&W J Class 4-8-4 611 near Elliston, VA
N&W J Class 4-8-4 611 passing a house with a neat old tractor near Elliston, VA
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.
N&W J Class 4-8-4 611 steams through Elliston, VA
Returning to Roanoke with the third and final Radford excursion of 2015, I caught this pan shot of 611 across a field.
The Norfolk & Western J Class passes the 1930's era mill in Elliston, VA as cloud cover begins to hide the sun during it's Radford bound trip.