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Queen of the Fleet N&W 611 DVD Train Video

Queen of the Fleet N&W 611 DVD Train Video Hopewell Productions HV-611
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This is the story of the rebirth of Norfolk & Western "J" class 4-8-4 steam engine No 611.

You'll follow her from her birthplace, Roanoke, Virginia, all the way to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Exciting runbys, aerial shots and some 75 mph pacing scenes highlight this program.

A great story about a locomotive that will probably never run again.

52 minutes

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DVD Item#:HV-611
Runtime:52 Mins
Producer:Hopewell Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

(Southeastern US) on .

  •  4 of 5

This is a super fun to watch video of the N&W J-class #611 in it's early in its excursion era career. As in other Hopewell videos of the early 80s, the video quality is surprisingly good. They must have sprung for the best camera you could get then.

What we see here is a travelogue of a very energetic and thorough chase of several excursions and ferry moves, as enthusiastic narration fills us in on various details; informative, often humorous but not obstrusive. What I really like about this is that being filmed in 1982/1983, this was before the era of the RR imposed 40 mph limit for steam, and so this engine really really struts its stuff, running at 60 mph or more. It was also when the deep steamboat whistle was mounted differently and had more a beautiful, mellow, almost haunting tone to it than it did after its overhaul in 1991 or so.

My favorite part is a long pacing sequence of 611 in western Ohio, with the train doing 75mph plus. This part alone is worth the price of the DVD.

Additional remarks by MP_37:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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(Lowellville, Ohio) on .

  •  4 of 5

Great video. great sights and sounds. picture quaility is a good as can be expected from 30 year old video

Additional remarks by Darrell:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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