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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 .

   HopeandGlory  I second Gram . . . this is majestic.
23 hours ago .

   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 .

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   Ole buzzard  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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   Balogreene  A beautiful statue titled "Thank you for the rain", at the Woolarock Museum, in Oklahoma.
   May 5 at 21:45 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Years ago, when I was still active in Jaycees, I went to Tulsa for a week for Officers' Training. While driving on I-44, I noticed a ranch where the barn and corrals were at the top of the hill, and the house was at the bottom. I had to ask myself "What happens when it rains?"

I thought it most curious.
May 7 at 19:21 EST .

   Balogreene  Spent a week in Tulsa. This is from the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, home to 2,000 buffalo. We saw hundreds of them. It was wonderful.
   May 5 at 21:43 EST .

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

   14 people like this.

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