Norfolk & Western J-class #611 test run, May 21st

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Norfolk & Western J-class #611 test run, May 21st

Postby mekender » Mon May 25, 2015 2:05 am

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Re: Norfolk & Western J-class #611 test run, May 21st

Postby First Shirt » Mon May 25, 2015 2:48 am

I worked for C&NW for a short time, in 1991, and we always had FRNs hanging around the yard during daylight hours. One afternoon, working the 05 job (4 PM til midnight) doing yard switching, we had a bunch of FRNs with video cameras show up, so the job foreman decided to give them a thrill. We did the whole switching job, 63 cars in all, using only hand signals, no radio.

Geez! You'd have thought they'd all died and gone to heaven! When they secured operations due to fading light, a couple of them came over and asked us to autograph their tape cases.

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Re: Norfolk & Western J-class #611 test run, May 21st

Postby Rod » Mon May 25, 2015 4:13 am

I have a friend who's a railroad nut so I got pictures of a lot of rolling stock at the Snoqualmie railroad museum. Most of it was just rusting away.
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Re: Norfolk & Western J-class #611 test run, May 21st

Postby Steamforger » Mon May 25, 2015 8:22 am

I spent a lot of time when I was a little chap playing on this one back home.
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Re: Norfolk & Western J-class #611 test run, May 21st

Postby Netpackrat » Mon May 25, 2015 8:58 am

I can vaguely remember playing around this one when I was little, before my parents moved back to Alaska.
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Re: Norfolk & Western J-class #611 test run, May 21st

Postby mekender » Mon May 25, 2015 11:59 am

So the train in that video left out of Spencer, NC where they have a pretty good size train museum and restoration yard... Full on working turntable and everything. It is a hoot to take the kids to and freecheap to go.

http://www.nctrans.org/

*Looks like they started charging since I last went.
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Re: Norfolk & Western J-class #611 test run, May 21st

Postby MiddleAgedKen » Mon May 25, 2015 2:22 pm

Sweet. I know diesel is more efficient and all, but there's no beating steam for pure romance.

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Re: Norfolk & Western J-class #611 test run, May 21st

Postby skb12172 » Mon May 25, 2015 11:22 pm

I spent two great summers working at Cedar Point and living on the premises. Good times.
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