611 in Steam

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Explore the history and 2015 restoration of world famous Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611.

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Trains magazine explores the history and 2015 restoration of world famous Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611. Join us as we witness the rebirth of this classic 1950 streamlined beauty, acclaimed as the best and most powerful steam passenger locomotive ever built.

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4 reviews for 611 in Steam

  1. jeremyschultz7

    If you are a fan of Norfolk and Western #611, or just N&W steam in general, this program is DEFINITELY one you want to add to your collection. Trains Magazine along with many of those they borrowed film from do a magnificent job chronicling the original history of the J Class locomotives, the second career of #611 in 1982-1994, and it’s 2015 restoration for a third career as well. Class J #611 has had quite a providential existence since she was built in 1950, and it is a “treat supreme” to watch the continual story unfold. She REALLY IS the “Queen Of Steam”! 🙂

  2. Ron

    Great program except I wish there were chapters in the video.

  3. Zac

    Great program. I like how they give the background of the locomotive during regular service and during its first round of excursions. Then they show how steam comes back to Norfolk Southern and how the 611 returns to steam for a second time and follows some of the restoration and a few of the trial runs and excursions. Overall, Kalmbach has done a great job on this product.

  4. rickyfreni

    First this program starts with the history of N&W steam in the ’40s and ’50s (despite these films were mostly silent but with dubbed fake sounds). As well as some still images which includes 611 in 1956 during the crash but was the only j class northern in the best shape before the end of regular steam. Plus some color stills of the VMT in the ’60s & ’70s, with some early video tape camera footage of the j being moved from Roanoke to Birmingham in 1981, and the now 35 year old footage of 611’s first excursion days in 1982. Plus 1992 action on saluda grade in north Carolina. As well as one clip of 611’s final days of excursion service in 1994 due to NS’ new manager Dave Goode. 15 to 16 years later with Goode’s retirement. The new manager has a big heart of steam and would create the ultimate revival. As some clips of southern 2-8-0 630 is shown as well. Plus 2014 coverage of moving the j from Roanoke to Spencer during the streamliner’s at Spencer event as well as restoration footages. And the test runs on national train day 2015, plus the first trip to Greensboro, and a one way homecoming trip to Roanoke. But before 611 goes home, the engine would have to perform a small freight special at Spencer. More trips were added during 611’s comeback. Such as the Manassas railway festival, multiple trips to front royal over linden hill, what the railfans thought of 611 itself, and on home rails from Lynchburg to Petersburg. Plus a one way freight from Lynchburg to Spencer is shown. As well as a cab tour on how the J works. Plus a hands on the throttle experience with a southern bay window caboose, and another one way freight but its on the return home to Roanoke. As well as the 239th birthday of america weekend specials from mornings to Lynchburg, and afternoon journeys to Walton.

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