Nickel Plate Road S-2 2-8-4 759 sits in the N&W shops property just east of the station for servicing after the Saturday excursion. It will run to Shenandoah, VA and return on Sunday.
The 759 is pulling hard in an autumn scene as it heads for the N&W main line and a return to Roanoke during the Saturday excursion to Virso, VA.
Nickel Plate S-2 Berkshire 759 pulls an excursion from Roanoke on the former Virginian Railway trackage. This locmotive is appropriate here where the Virginian's own Lima 2-8-4s used to roam.
The SILVER STAR is pictured running northbound south of Petersburg on a November Saturday morning. I was on my way to intercept Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 759 on the N&W.
N&W blue GP9s 517 and 503 stand ready to head west with the POCAHONTAS with black units in the background.
Two former Virginian Fairbanks Morse units now wear blue as they switch hopper cars at the vast N&W yard.
The Budd-built observation brings up the rear of the SILVER METEOR during a brief stop in Petersburg. The train will soon head south in the night .
The former Seaboard Air Line station is brightly lit on an October night. The station sign shows that the Seaboard listed both city and state.
A big Alco Century series leads two GE units and three EMDs on a long southbound freight. The afternoon sky adds drama to the scene.
An SCL E6A leads an RF&P E8 and another SCL unit on the southbound EVERGLADES . The train is stopped at the former ACL station.
Erie Lackawanna SD45 3626 runs long end first with 3628 following. This short westbound freight came through right after the morning commuter rush.
A former Lackawanna GP7 heads a set of deadhead equipment without stopping through the Ridgewood station. This unit and train returned later bound for Hoboken.
Former Pennsylvania GG1 4931 leads a southbound SCL Florida train just a few months after the PC merger. The substantial Nassau tower was built in 1944.
A Southern FP7 heads two E7 units on the eastbound BIRMINGHAM SPECIAL just east of Roanoke. It had been ten years since I visited this famous railfan spot.
A former Seaboard SDP35 heads up a rolling EMD catalog on a northbound freight. The SDP35 leads GP30, GP18 and GP7 conveniently aligned with the newest first.