67 years to the day she was born, N&W 611 does what she was meant to do, climb the steep grades of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As she charges up Christiansburg Grade through the village of Shawsvill... (more)
Flying J and Blue Ridge, VA.
In a scene that could be straight out of 1955, 611 leads its consist back to Roanoke on the rare morning run to Walton.
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)
611 makes its journey back to Roanoke and greets fans at this neat 'S' curve.
N&W 611 simmers the night before 6 half-day excursions out of Roanoke on Memorial Day Weekend, 2017
The calm before the storm. Late Friday night found a freshly washed N&W 611 with a skeleton night crew tending the banked fire overnight. The next three days would be a powerhouse weekend with the... (more)
The Powhattan Arrow has arrived in downtown Roanoke. The J attracted many fans over Memorial Day weekend who wanted to chase, ride behind, and take a picture with the Queen of Steam. An NS freig... (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.
From high atop the Christiansburg Grade, Norfolk & Western 611 grinds through what used to be "Little Tunnel" just east of Shawsville as it brings the morning Pocahontas run toward Walto... (more)
N&W 611 climbs Christiansburg Grade once again, passing through the former site of "Little Tunnel" which was daylighted around 1989.
I saw this trestle when we went over it while riding the train out to Lynchburg, but GPS showed no access roads to get to it. On the way back however, I noticed some cars parked on a gravel road ... (more)
After wying the train in Lynchburg, Norfolk & Western 611 glides under the old bridge in Lowry as it heads back toward Roanoke on the first trip of the weekend
Norfolk & Western 611 returns to Roanoke with the first run of the Powhatan Arrow as it passes the East End Shops
Norfolk & Western 611 brings the westbound Powhatan Arrow through Bonsack as it hits the homestretch back to Roanoke after a round trip to Lynchburg