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   Ole buzzard  A Montana Rail Link local freight passes through the Clark Fork Valley following a spring rain on June 3, 2015.
   June 15 at 16:56 EST .

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   Gram77  What a great shot!!!
June 16 at 17:30 EST .

   Bettijo  Gorgeous!
Saturday at 21:02 EST .

   Ole buzzard  Well, Norfolk and Western Class J #611 is back in Roanoke, and has been reunited with Class Y6a #2156 (2-8-8-2 wheel arrangement, left ), and Class A #1218 (2-6-6-4 wheel arrangement, right ). These three classes of steam locomotive were the backbone of Norfolk and Western's freight and passenger motive power from 1940 to 1959. The A and Y6a were freight locomotives (although the As would occasionally power passenger trains ), and the Js were passenger locomotives, which would also occasionally power high priority fast freights.

There is a lot of wishful thinking in the railfan community that all three locomotives could be restored and returned to mainline excursion service. Restoration of #1218 is probably feasible, as it was last used in excursion service in 1992. However, #2156 has not had a fire in it since 1959.
   May 31 at 15:36 EST .

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   Gram77  Question about #2156.......could it once again have a fire in it?
June 2 at 10:48 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I'm reasonably sure it could. It would be an expensive undertaking, though, probably in the range of $3 to $5 million.
June 3 at 19:07 EST .

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   Gram77  Wow, I figured you could just toss in wood and get a good fire going. I truly know nothing intelligent about trains. I just love their strength and beauty.
June 4 at 11:35 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I have a DVD that has short clips of all three classes in action. There is one clip that has two Y6's at the front of a 200 car train, and two more pushing on the rear. On a flat route, one Y6 could handle that train, but once it got into the hill country, it needed help.
June 5 at 12:50 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  This is a builder's photo of Norfolk & Western Class J1 #606. This locomotive was built to the same mechanical specifications as Class J #611, but didn't receive the beautiful streamlining.
   May 28 at 19:27 EST .

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   Gram77  Maybe it has no beautiful streamlining, but you can see muscle!
May 31 at 11:46 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Yes, Gram, the firebox (that part of the locomotive above the trailing truck and behind the driving wheels ) is HUGE!! That is what determines the locomotive's ability to produce steam, thus energy.
May 31 at 15:25 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Another photo taken during 611's shakedown trip on May 21, as she speeds effortlessly with a nine car train through Thomasville NC.
   May 28 at 19:21 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  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.
May 24 at 10:13 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  I second Gram . . . this is majestic.
May 27 at 18:51 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  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 .

   15 people like this.

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