Reflecting back on the events of 2011, the transfer from Roanoke to Clifton Forge of Chesapeake & Ohio 614 certainly stands out as a memorable trip. In preparations for what was originally intended to be "The Greenbrier Express", arrangements were made by Ross Rowland to move C&O 614 from Pennsylvania to Roanoke, Virginia to be displayed at the Virginia Museum of Transportation with N&W 1218 and N&W 611 temporarily before being move to Clifton Forge. With cooperation by Norfolk Southern, Buckingham Branch, and CSX, massive 4-8-4, C&O 614 was transferred from the Virginia Transportation Museum on the morning of May 7th, north to Waynesboro, to interchange with Buckingham Branch west to Clifton Forge. Photographed above, C&O 614 has successfully been transferred to the NS/BBRR interchange in Waynesboro and is less than an hour from departing along the BBRR North Mountain Subdivision west to Clifton Forge. Upon arrival at Clifton Forge on CSX Rails, C&O 614 was placed on display at the C&O Heritage Center, home of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Historical Society. By the end of summer, C&O 614 was stripped of her C&O paint and replaced in "The Greenbrier Express" scheme as a promotion for what was planned to be an elite passenger train to operate being Washington D.C. and White Sulphur Springs, WV, home of The Greenbrier Resort.
This is dedicated (with permission) to the skilled and gifted photographer - Chase Gunnoe - who regularly posts and is on staff with RP. I believe he deserves a gallery showing of his remarkable work. This is for you Chase! (More great photos to come!)