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N&W 611 Reborn Vol 1 - Return to Roankoe & Manassas Excursions DVD 5 of 5 (1)

N&W 611 Reborn Vol 1 - Return to Roankoe & Manassas Excursions DVD Steam Video Productions SVP6111DVD
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On May 30th 2015, Norfolk & Western J-class 4-8-4 #611 marched triumphantly into Roanoke, VA alive and under steam for the first time in over 20 years. It was the most anticipated steam event of 2015, and thousands upon thousands gathered trackside to see #611 pass by. This homecoming trip capped an improbable rebirth, as few could have imagined the return of #611 when Norfolk Southern pulled the plug on their original steam program in 1994.

This program begins with the May 30th "Return to Roanoke" trip, as 611 returned to the Virginia Museum of Transportation after being restored to operation at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. Pulling an invitation-only train of donors, volunteers, and NS officials, you'll see #611 on her historic journey home after a year-long restoration.

A week later, #611 would pull her first public excursions out of Manassas, VA. You'll see all 3 Manassas to Riverton Junction (Front Royal) trips as #611 traversed the scenic NS B-line on June 6th and 7th. This program also covers the ferry moves to and from Manassas. On Wednesday June 3rd, #611 climbed the Blue Ridge grade to Lynchburg before heading north to Manassas amidst heavy rain. On Monday June 8th, she returned to Lynchburg on the former Southern mainline under sunny skies.

Filmed entirely in HD, this program features #611 on the mainline with no diesel assistance. You'll see the legendary J-class working hard in the mountains of Virginia, just as the N&W intended when she rolled out of the Roanoke shops in 1950. This program has minimal narration (with the option to turn it on or off) and no distracting music.

In addition to the standard widescreen DVD, this program is also available on HD Blu-ray disc.

Running Time: 85 minutes
(plus 6 minutes of previews)

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DVD Item#:SVP6111DVD
Blu-ray Item#:SVP6111BD
Runtime:1 Hour, 25 Mins
Producer:Steam Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD or BLU-RAY
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

  • This producer uses standard DVD cases for their BLU-RAY products instead of the shorter blue-tinted Blu-ray case normally used on Blu-ray products.

(Columbus, OH) on .

People who found this review helpful: 5

  •  5 of 5

GREAT video -- wonderfully shot in hi-definition widescreen, it perfectly captures 611's return to steam. There are a few new 611 videos out there that look no better than the videos that were released in the 1980s and 1990s -- why would ANYONE want to watch 611's 2015 trips on a video that was shot in standard definition and presented in the old 3:4 television ratio? We are in the 21st century now, and video technology has taken a quantum leap since the 611 was last in steam -- the producers of 611 REBORN have taken full advantage of this new technology, and in doing so they have created the 611 video I have been dreaming of for years and years!

Additional remarks by Mark Reinhart:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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