Norfolk & Western made the bullet-nose J Class engine as the era of steam was coming to a close. See these amazing precision engines in regular passenger service in the 1950s cruising at 60 MPH over some of the toughest grades in the East. The elegant streamlined “Powhatan Arrow” raced 680 mountain miles in 16 hours behind J Class 4-8-4 thoroughbreds: Norfolk to Cincinnati in a single day. Filmed from on board and at trackside, the DVD captures the real 611 working the Columbus Section of the Arrow on the Scioto Division plus many more streamlined Js on the Pocahontas, the Cavalier and the Pelican. Js meet and pass other Js and overtake Norfolk & Western’s stable of steam, the A and Y class articulateds: true railroad history!
The story of the J Class continues as N&W’s 611 is reborn into excursion and ambassador service in 1982. See the inaugural runs of the reconstructed 611 with a perfectly matched maroon consist almost identical to the “Powhatan Arrow” of history. Aerials show the famed Wells Viaduct and other great trestles. Ride with the mighty Js!