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Norfolk & Western 611 The Early Years DVD 4.5 of 5 (2)

Norfolk & Western 611 The Early Years DVD Greg Scholl Video Productions GSVP-059 604435005991
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One of the most famous fantrip engines of the 80's and 90's was Norfolk and Western Class J number 611. Now in 2014-15 it is being restored to operation once again. So, lets turn back the clock to the first restoration in the early 80's and see the action of 611 in 1982 and 1983. First we see the finishing touches on the engine at Birmingham, before the train heads east on the Southern Mainline for a trip to Roanoke.

Later we see the first run east on Blue Ridge Grade as it heads to Norfolk for the first time. We also catch a neat trip to Bluefield, where it would run a roundtrip to Iaeger and back the following day, through the mountainous Pocahontas Division. We also have a bit of history of the 611 in this show, including a little bit of 1950's film footage. Back to the 80's we have a good bit of 1982 footage, then continue with several trips in 1983, including scenes at Shaffer's crossing roundhouse in Roanoke, and a run toward Altanta. Later we are back In Roanoke for 2 days of the Independence Limited, chasing as far as Bluefield and Portsmouth, Ohio. This features one of our favorite spots at Cooper, WV where it exits a tunnel onto a high curved bridge with the town down below.

Later in 1983 we see 611 making a one-way trip to Portsmouth hauling a fast trailer train at 60 mph, and at Portsmouth, the engine is turned, and takes another short freight on the Peavine toward Cincinnati. We finish up with a few scenes of 611 on the former CNO&TP south from Cincinnati including Erlanger Hill. 611 does all the work as there were no diesel helpers on any of these early trips. If you are a fan of 611 you will find this show to be one of your favorites with tons of great action.


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DVD Item#:GSVP-059
Runtime:1 Hour, 20 Mins
Producer:Greg Scholl Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:604435005991
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

(fletcher north carolina) on .

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  •  5 of 5


Norfolk & Western 611 The Early Years looks back at the early 80's when class j northern no. 611 was restored the program looks at a history of all the class j's from nos. 600 to 613 until they were retired when the diesels came along and when the 611 was restored and returned in 1982 1982 was also the year when the n&w merged with the southern railway to form the now famous norfolk southern during the years of the southern they've operated steam excursions with their steam program with southern mikado 4501 (one of the engines that started the program than latter on by southern consolidations 630 and 722 and savanna and Atlanta pacific 750) the four small engines that operated for the program than the big point was with the 611 taken over there's a look into the iorndale shops in Birmingham Alabama with the finishing touches than the return to Roanoke there's many excursions where the engine once ran during the steam days which include Roanoke Bluefield Portsmouth and Cincinnati also a scene on a bridge in Cooper there's also trips on the southern including Erlanger Hill in Kentucky a trip to Atlanta than also some fright moves 611 would continue to operate until December 1994 until 2015 when she has operated since and i hope she continues to run as long like many other steam engines (that have operated for several years before and after her restoration) like union pacific 844 Milwaukee road 261 nickel plate road 765 southern pacific 4449 santa fe 3751 grand canyon railway 4960 and great western railway no.90 on the strasburg railroad (out of all the engines on the strasburg railroad no.90 has operated the longest since she arrived in 1967) also frisco 1522 (she operated for 14 years hope the 611 could run for as long as that) this is a great look back at her first runs as a excursion engine in this period of time

Additional remarks by chris collins:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  4 of 5


This dvd marks the first time that 611 was in its first excursion service, & according to the time period, it was the final time that Greg used his Super 8 Sound film camera before getting a Pentax 6x7 video camera and beginning the business. 611's whistle was good, and there are 3 previews that have something to do with 611. Memories of N&W 611 (2005 version), norfolk southern steam volume 1, & the new N&W in transition.

Additional remarks by STEAMBOY:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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Added 2015-04-26 09:53:52 by Crusader Rabbit

There is no such thing as a "Pentax 6x7 video camera ". That camera is a ordinary SLR still picture film camera.


Added 2016-11-25 07:25:51 by steamboy

Sorry. I just saw an interview from TVD to Greg about his business and his favorites. I didn't know there was a panasonic supertube that he used only in the 1980's. besides, if you still own the 1985-1988 back issues of both TRAINS and Railfan & Railroad Magazines, You'll wonder why these titles back then are scrapped. Except for the South African Steam Collection, & 614 Coal Trains, which have been re-edited ever since.