The 1980's were a great time to be a Railfan especially if you loved steam engines.
From the west coast to the eastern US, big steam was polishing mainline rails.
In 1982, N&W 611 was returned... (more)
Steam Storm: A mixture of happenstance and convenient timing provided an opportunity to observe what ended up being one of N&W 611's last big public excursions as it departed Roanoke in the... (more)
Over the top...History made! For the first time ever, on October 25,1992, N&W 611 and her five car consist conquered the famous Saluda Grade in Western North Carolina to the delight of hundreds o... (more)
Back in 2019, Norfolk & Western J Class 611 paid visit to the Strasburg Railroad for a couple of months. Seen here the 4-8-4 steamer is seen pulling the 15 minute shuttle through the Farm Fields o... (more)
The N&W A and J are racing past the photo line, transporting hundreds of conventioneers back to the glory days of steam. One wonders if this scene will ever be repeated.
NW 611 and C&O 8016 at the Streamliners at Spencer event at the North Carolina Transportation Museum.
Norfolk and Western J slowly back down the track at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. This is one of the few moments when there was not a lot of people trackside watching this ... (more)
N&W 611 pulls onto the former Virginian main at Hurt. She's operating as NS 957 with a short mixed freight on a ferry run to Roanoke in preparation of the 4th of July 2015 weekend trips. Everythin... (more)
N&W 611 has just crested the eastbound Blue Ridge Grade and the engineer has backed off the throttle. It's easy going from here to Lynchburg.
N&W 611 exits Pembroke Tunnel eastbound along the New River.
N&W 611 brings a caboose hop out of the North Carolina Transportation Museum. Although this is still along museum grounds, it almost looks like it could be out on an excursion.
N&W J Class Nº611 is at Spencer, North Carolina shortly before the trip to Ashville on the morning of April 10, 2016.
N&W J 611 climbs the Loops near Old Fort, North Carolina during it's April 10, 2016 trip to Ashville.
N&W 611 is at Ashville, North Carolina before starting the trip back to Spencer as NS 958 on April 10, 2016. Jared Blocker and many others took the opportunity to get up close to the only remaini... (more)
A sunrise eclipse. A warm glow surrounds Norfolk & Western J-Class Locomotive #611 as she eclipses the rising sun on Pennsylvania's Strasburg Rail Road, with a freight consist, to kick off ... (more)