A steam lover’s dream! With four steam locomotives making mainline appearances! Volume 2 of this series shows some variety as N&W 611 and 1218 are joined by NKP 587 and L&N 152 are seen all over the NS system. (Volume 1 is a pure N&W DVD.) One of the highlights of the video is the four day Independence Limited from Bellevue to Roanoke with Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 #587 double-heading with N&W 611. Former Nickel Plate engine 587 led the first day’s action to Muncie on former NKP trackage! 611 led the way the following days with overnight stops in Cincinnati, and Bluefield before climbing Christiansburg grades west slope and arriving in Roanoke where we see 1218 at Shafer’s Crossing Roundhouse in the foreground as the doubleheader goes by. Then a few weeks later 587, 611 and 1218 triple-head to Lynchburg as part of a one-way move to position the engines for further trips. This is a rare sight indeed, especially at Blue Ridge, VA.
Next we see a trip from Lexington, KY with Louisville and Nashville 4-6-2 #152 (leased by NS) on a trip to Stearns, Ky. This unusual trip had engine 611 for the return trip to Lexington in the afternoon. You’ll also see N&W 611 on selected shots on the Cincinnati to Lexington, Kentucky section, and interesting set of comparison shots showing 1218 and 611 at the exact same locations on the Cincinnati to Portsmouth (Peavine line) route on different trips. There is a ton of unique material here and a very exciting show of never to repeated performances.