Norfolk Southern Steam Freights on DVD by Greg Scholl5 of 5 (1)
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As the third DVD in our Norfolk Southern Steam collection we have a very unique video showing some of the NS engines on freight trips. Many times the engines would be sent to the next city for a trip, and the excursion coaches would already be there from another trip, and the engines would need a train for braking purposes. Over a 3 year period (1987-1989) we collected scenes of a few such trips. N&W 4-8-4 class J #611 pulls a freight from Birmingham to Chattanooga, and along the way picks up a diesel that is not operating properly on a southbound train, making for an interesting situation. Also you'll see shots of 611 at the Birmingham shops and yard. Louisville and Nashville 4-6-2 #152 is seen with a caboose after switching with 611 in Kentucky(that is on volume 2). Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 #587 is seen pulling a short train of Bricks on the Southern Mainline in Virginia. Norfolk and Western 2-6-6-4 number 1218 is seen pulling a mixed freight from the Portsmouth, Ohio yard and heading north on the Columbus line in 1988, and on an empty coal train from Roanoke westbound in 1987. Again, these scenes are not likely to be repeated. The action is very good.
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Norfolk Southern Steam Freights on DVD by Greg Scholl
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-10-15 19:58:02.
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In this third & final volume of the recently turned 30 year old series from 1990, the program starts with 611 leaving the Birmingham Alabama shops on May 15, 1987 which includes a scene that was later used in reflections from 2002. The destination for the 1950 Roanoke built 4-8-4 is Chattanooga. Moments later, the J is going backwards while passing by a southern Geep & also going under a pair of NS switchers 2387 2388 & a slug unit at Norris yard. This segment was recorded about a month after 1218 was restored & about 9 days before Greg traveled to Cheyenne for union pacific challenger 3985 on Sherman hill to Laramie. Afterwards, 611 is going to be heading for the wye while crossing over one of the bridges at the yard. Once 611 is coupled to the mixed freight to Chattanooga, the first scene is at Trussville Alabama while Highballing on the mainline. A coach & a southern bay window caboose is on the rear. Next, a dog is barking offscreen as 611 whistles through Springville. Moments later, 611 is still whistling under the highway bridge at Whitney. Note the logs in the going away shot. At porterville Alabama, 611 must pick up SD60 number 6614 which is having some mechanical issues due to the fact that the diesel was built in February of 1986. 6518 pushes the 6614 to the siding so that the J could couple up to the broken locomotive. While 611 takes 6614 to Chattanooga, 6518 must handle its own freight alone. As 6518 stops in the siding, 611 is finally underway again. Note the red flag on the top of the knuckle coupler from the rear of the caboose. Picking up speed once again, 611 is whistling through Collinsville. Moments after crossing the state line, 611 is climbing uphill near sulphur springs. Shortly thereafter, the J has already entered the Tennessee state line as it whistles through wauhatchie which is not far from the assigned destination. This scene concludes the May 1987 segment.