Norfolk & Western 1218 Rebuilt & Roanoke Bound DVD 4.5 of 5 (2)
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Norfolk and Western 2-6-6-4 number 1218 is the only Class A that survived. In 1986 it was sent to Birmingham, Alabama for the Irondale shop folks to work their magic and bring this locomotive back to life. We get an exclusive visit to see some of the restoration work in the fall of 1986, as we see various parts being worked on, as the engine is separated from the boiler and much work is being done. We made a special trip for this shop visit. Then in March of 1987, we are back in Birmingham for a test-run of 1218 which went to Wilton, Alabama. This was nice since the engine pulled a freight train, which even included a caboose on the rear. After switching was done at Wilton, the 1218 took another freight back to Birmingham. On this trip the whistle was sounding a bit off, and was later fixed. Piney Woods trestle provided one of the highlights of this trip. Then in April we follow 1218 with 5 tuscan red coaches as it travels to Roanoke for its homecoming run. This trip was not without incident, but the train made it on the scheduled time. The first weekend of public excursions is shown with some scenes to Bluefield, turning on the wye, and then the following day trips. The Sunday trips were 2 runs, that included a morning trip up Blue Ridge Grade to Lynchburg and return, and an afternoon run from Roanoke to Walton and back. Several nice shots on grades are seen on this day. Norfolk and Western 1218 was indeed back in operation. The locomotive last operated in 1991, and was in the process of rebuilding when the steam operations ceased in 1994. It is now on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia. Now the video is back, as a DVD for you to enjoy once again.
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Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2017-07-31 12:49:36.
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This 30 year old program is really rare and popular for all of the old school NS steam lovers everyday. The Birmingham shop segment is allright as well as the one-way freight to Roanoke plus a few of 1218's first excursions. Surprisingly enough instead of re-editing the whole program, Greg converted the original 1987 editing to the present format of technology for future generations. Oh how the memories would come and go forever.
chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2018-10-08 20:45:08.
People who found this review helpful: 5
Norfolk & Western 1218 Rebuilt & Roanoke Bound follows the restoration of n&w class a no.1218 2017 marked the 30th anniversary when the giant articulated was restored and operated in the late 80's to the first two years of the early 90's since i've bought several video's on the 611 i feel like the 1218 deserves some attention the same with the success of the restoration of n&w class j northern no.611 ns was looking for another steam engine to operate with the 611 and the answer was n&w class a no.1218 the two engines were the main stars for the steam program and seeing footage everyone seemed to loved these two engine operate there's a look at the work at the irondale shops in Birmingham Alabama than a return to the shops when the engine returned to steam the first operation saw a test run from Birmingham to Wilton, Alabama than the homecoming trip to Roanoke and operations of trips for the norfolk southern steam program the 1218 would continue to run until November 1991 when she was sent back to the iorndale shops for an overhaul when the steam program ended operations in December 1994 and she's now sitting as a static display this is a great buy of seeing the 1218 when she first returned to steam