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Dean    Posted 08-08-2020 at 11:29:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Forgive me, folks, but I'm a steam buff and just old enough to remember steam locomotives on the B & O near where I grew up.

    The video here is just average but the audio is spectacular.

    FWIW: 611 had much more power available but applying much more would have caused her to spin out on the wet rails.

    Roadbed and regulations permitting, 611 could have pulled this consist over 100 MPH on level ground.


    Frank (WNY)    Posted 08-11-2020 at 06:44:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • In the late eighties we were camping near Boone, NC and took the kids to a small theme park in Blowing Rock. It is called Tweetsie Railroad. They have 2 narrow gauge coal fired engines that run on a 3 mile track in the park. Anyone else been there?

    steveVa    Posted 08-11-2020 at 07:08:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Was there with my family back in the 60's...

    Loren CA    Posted 08-10-2020 at 21:57:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thank you, loved the sound! Have ridden steam trains all over the west clear up to Alaska. Don't think we have ever had a chance to ride any east of the Mississippi.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 08-08-2020 at 21:32:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • There has been a great little steam and gas pasture party every year at Somerset, VA just a short drive from our house. They have at least 6 or 7 of the big steam tractors there every year. Sadly, the show has been canceled for this year. Here's a photo from 2017:

    brownsmule    Posted 08-09-2020 at 18:12:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • couple yr's ago I was pleased to ride 611 from Spencer yards NC to Lynchburg Va and return. 6AM to 9PM, wow what a day. I grew up on the farm beside the RR and steam engines were in their last days. Thanks for the post. brownsmule

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 08-08-2020 at 21:36:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Another Photo:

    Frank (WNY)    Posted 08-08-2020 at 13:33:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • They cancelled the steam pageant in canandaigua, ny this year. We love watching them fire up the massive tractors and blowing the whistles. It usually comes around my birthday so I really missed it this year.

    steveVa    Posted 08-08-2020 at 12:48:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Great video Dean!
    When I was a kid my dad was a train and history buff.
    He used to ride the Powhatan Arrow from Norfolk to Roanoke after WW2.
    He said that at night they would go over 100mph and that there was a speedometer under the front seat of the first passenger car.
    When I was a kid in the mid sixty's dad put us 3 kids on the last run of the (Steam) Powhatan Arrow from Petersburg To Norfolk where my Grand parents lived.
    He said that he wanted us to be able to tell our kids and friends that we were on the last Steam run of the Powhatan Arrow.
    I was on the last Steam run of the Powhatan Arrow from Petersburg to Norfolk.

    Attached are some more good videos.

    Select-O-Speed    Posted 08-08-2020 at 17:40:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Y'all be Ballin the Jack ! SoS.

    Dean    Posted 08-08-2020 at 16:42:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • In 1993 or 1994, I took my Mother on a steam excursion from Cincinnati, OH to Danville, KY and back.

    611 powered the train.


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