Posted by FSWood on May 16, 2012 
Rode several fan trips behind 611, beautiful machine. Have read that it could move faster than one would expect with 69 inch drivers, and from the way it cruised on a couple of those trips I believe it. Pretty good at climbing grades as well. Liked it's kind of 'steamboat-y' whistle.
Posted by John Simpkins-Camp on May 16, 2012 
Bullet-nose, jointed-rail, and chromed auto bumpers. What a nice, nostalgic photo! How exciting it must have been to see these last passenger steam engines when all else were diesel.
Posted by Ron Flanary on May 17, 2012 
At the time, there were something like 14 or more passenger trains serving Christiansburg--not counting the "Huckleberry," the mixed train to Blacksburg and back. And, most of those trains were J-powered (remarkable, since there were only 14 on the entire N&W). If you throw in the manifests and eastbound coal trains (with pushers cutting off after shoving upgrade from Walton), you could imagine what a great day of train watching one could have here. The depot, by the way, still stands.
Posted by Jeff Sell on May 17, 2012 
Nice photo of one of N&W's finest! You can tell it's near the end of the steam era. The photo is in color and there is plenty of road grime on the locomotive - making the locomitives look shiny were no longer a priority.
Posted by Whitecamry on November 14, 2018 
Those look like PRR signals.
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