Celebrating a birthday on May 29 is 611. It's "birth certificate" adorns the streamliner jacketing on each side of the smoke box.
After bringing in a couple empty scrap gons, Steel Dynamic's SW1 uncouples and pulls away from the cars as the excavator to the left gets fired up, preparing to load the gons.
Freshly restored 662 is one of two such units rescued from the scrap yard by Roanoke Chapter NRHS. Here it was posing for night shots before heading under the shed, where it remains today.
While passengers and onlookers take in the hometown steam locomotive, freight continues to move through downtown Roanoke. Intermodal 201 gets ahead of the excursion as The Pelican boards fo... (more)
Southern heritage, for sure. At the time, this end of the yard was bustling with locals and outbound trains, not storage cars/locomotives.
8507 is one of the new "Dash 8.5" rebuilds from Roanoke Shops.
Have photographed this item many times yet the chances of seeing it restored slip farther and farther away each year. Sole surviving Roanoke-built Class M2c.
What's unusual is, aside from the remarkable gathering of models here, most of the ex-SOO/BN units (including the 6011) I was able to capture last October out in Minneapolis scattered about Northt... (more)
Norfolk and Western Class J #611 storms up the Blue Ridge grade with the first Powhatan Arrow excursion train of the weekend. This was my first time seeing 611 on her home territory and it was an ... (more)
With 611 done with its weekend excursions, a grain train appears in downtown Roanoke.
NS 272, with an SD70 leader, turns south out of Roanoke heading for Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
"The Powhatan Arrow" has returned from Lynchburg and zigzags across the mains in order to back down to the O. Winston Link Museum on the Roanoke District. The newer track configuration ... (more)
"Deadline at Sunset"
A close up view of the Fireman's side No. 3 crank pin roller bearing on N&W J Class locomotive 611.
The stored units and various types of freight cars in the yards at Roanoke provide leading lines into the Roanoke skyline, what little of one there is.