During the period of the "NS Family Portrait" which saw the new Heritage paint passing by, some special side "events" produced themselves. This was one such photo op.
The last time 1218 ventured out onto the main line: for an event at the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke. Here she sits on display as an NS freight passes eastbound.
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The Roanoke local runs back towards the yard, in perfect lighting, I was able to capture this long hood forward SD40-2 cutting between the beautiful town of Roanoke Virginia.
Amtrak 156 gets ready to blast off from Roanoke, with Amtrak 161 on point.
Amtrak 156 gets ready to depart Roanoke, with Amtrak 161, the 50th anniversary phase one heritage scheme, on point.
The tail end of the loaded coal train, under the bridge going east, will shortly become the front of the train heading south. NS 4000 and 4001 will couple onto the train and take the connecting tr... (more)
Positioning move from the shop area to the museum.
A black and white photo of the famous Norfolk and Western 1218.
Inaugural run of the Blue Ribbon Special. Has arrived from NC and will continue west.
611 is passing the former Norfolk & Western East End Shops where she was built in May 1950. The shops have been closed by Norfolk Southern and now stand deserted.
NS 9793 leads train #202 eastbound past the Roanoke Amtrak Station. In about a quarter of a mile the train will turn north up the Shenandoah Division heading for Harrisburg, PA.
Three dusty SD40-2s take a train of empties west.
I liked N&W's blue, but with enough grime, it took on an earth tones look, as on 1958-vintage 374.