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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  The big day is drawing nearer. Norfolk and Western class J #611 leads train 957 uphill at Jamestown, North Carolina, during its mainline test run on May 21, 2015. After a year-long restoration to operating condition, this is the first time 611 has operated under steam on a mainline since December of 1994.
   May 21 at 16:29 EST .

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   Gram77  Such majesty.
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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  If any of you live in the western North Carolina and Virginia area and want to get your own pictures of #611 on May 30, here is the route it will take. I haven't seen what the schedule is going to be yet.
   May 13 at 13:31 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  Norfolk & Western Class J #611 is nearing the end of its almost year long restoration. It was fired up again last week, and took an unplanned trek down the tracks at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. The original plan of work for that day was just to get it up to operating pressure and to hold it. The restoration team decided at the last minute to go ahead and travel at walking speed so they could listen to the running gear and make sure there are no mechanical issues hiding. The cosmetic restoration is not yet complete, as can be seen by the unpainted cylinder covers and the missing air pump shield at the front of the locomotive beneath the boiler.
   May 12 at 12:25 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  It will make its first excursion run May 30 from the museum at Spencer, NC, to its home base at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. That train will be 18 cars long and all 763 seats are already sold out.
May 12 at 12:30 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Jokes  A woman recently walked into Harrods, which is often described as the fanciest store in Britain. She immediately spotted a beautiful diamond necklace, and quickly approached it.

While bending over to take a closer look at the jewelry, she unexpectedly farted. Humiliated, she looked around to see if anyone noticed, even saying a little prayer that no sales clerks were near her.

Unfortunately for her, she turned around to find a good lucking sales associate standing right behind her.

“Good day, Madam,” he greeted her. “How may we help you today?”

Blushing and hoping that he didn’t hear her fart, the woman asked him how much the bracelet cost. His reply took her by surprise.

“Madam – if you farted just looking at it – you’re going to sh*t yourself when I tell you the price!”
May 7 at 19:15 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Sports  I know this isn't nice, but it has been a while!
   May 6 at 20:47 EST .

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   Balogreene  I posted it on my wall at work!
May 8 at 22:14 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  A little reminder of nature's power.
   May 2 at 16:44 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  The November 11, 1978 Southern Steam Special ran from Birmingham to Sheffield, Alabama, a distance of about 130 miles each way. The power was Texas & Pacific I-1a Class 2-10-4 610. T&P 610 was built in June 1927 by the Lima Locomotive Works. She has 63 inch drivers, 29×32 in Cylinders, operates with 255 lbs of boiler pressure and can develop 84,600 pounds of tractive effort. This image was captured at a photo runby that was held south of Sheffield.
   May 2 at 11:28 EST .

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   Gram77  Beautiful.......the look of power.
May 2 at 14:20 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  Another something from out west, Florence, Montana, to be exact. Only this is a sunrise.
   April 28 at 17:12 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  I know this to be true.
   April 27 at 13:20 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  This beauty returns to service with a send off celebration May 23 and 24 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum at Spencer NC. It will return to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke VA on May 30 to begin its new excursion career. It is VMT's intention to keep 611 in service from now on. To learn more about this locomotive and the June and July excursion schedule, visit (All the scheduled trips thus far are all originating from Roanoke VA, probably owing to caution to make sure that all is well with the recent restoration. )

This photo was taken at Nottaway VA in 1982.

   April 25 at 14:18 EST .

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   Bettijo  Buzz, I suspect that may be the very train hubby and I got arrested for chasing at a high rate of speed to film. The timing is right. Is that the last run of the N&W J other than excursions? Wish I still had these steam engine films I took, but when DH died in 2000, wife #2 would not give me any of the pictures, even family pictures.
April 26 at 12:54 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  No, 611 made its last revenue run in 1957 when N&W dieselized. It was restored for excursions in 1982 and was retired again in 1994. VMT plans to keep her running for good now. They're building a state of the art maintenance facility in Roanoke, and there are also rumors floating (may be more likely wishful thinking ) that they're also going to restore Class A 1218 and possibly a Class Y6A that belongs to the National Museum of Transport in St. Louis. That trio of locomotives was N&W's mainstay in the 1950s.
April 26 at 19:03 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I was reading in "Trains" magazine news wire that Norfolk Southern has already assembled an 18 car train that will be pulled by 611 for its excursions this summer. This provides a total of 763 coach, first class, and VIP seats for each trip.
April 29 at 16:21 EST .

   Bettijo  Opps! I read the date as 1962, which is about when we chased it; by 1982 I was divorced and living in Georgia.
May 4 at 09:50 EST .

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