Experience the excitement of 4-8-4 Class J #611 and 2-6-6-4 #1218 on former Norfolk and Western trackage once more. This “Pure N&W” program covers these locomotives throughout the system from Roanoke to Cincinnati and north from Portsmouth on the Columbus line. You’ll enjoy highlights of trips shot between 1987 and 1989. The 1987 NRHS convention in Roanoke is highlighted with 611 on a passenger train and 1218 on a coal train as the two trains run side-by-side as they climb Christiansburg grade westbound. Lineside scenes are accompanied by on-train scenes. Doubleheaders are also shown with the two engines as well as countless scenes of the engines separately on other trips such as the 1988 Independence Limited with 1218, 611 on the Portsmouth line in 1989, 1218 on the Columbus line in 1987 and 1988, 611 on a run from Portsmouth to Bluefield for the first time since 1959, and more.
There is some truly exciting action at some of the best locations along the Norfolk Southern (former N&W). This period was considered the pinnacle of the Norfolk Southern Steam Program, with both engines in top form at the same time. This is a nice souvenir of the period and some of the finest steam action anywhere.