After returning to steam in May of 2015, Norfolk & Western J-class 4-8-4 #611 pulled a number of public excursions in Virginia during the month of June. On July 1st, she returned to Roanoke, VA for her final trips of the 2015 season. Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, #611 pulled three days of highly anticipated excursions over two of the most famous grades on the N&W mainline: Blue Ridge and Christiansburg Mountain.
This program chronicles all 3 days of excursions out of Roanoke on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Each morning you'll see #611 head east to Lynchburg over the Blue Ridge grade. After returning to Roanoke, #611 would pull another half-day trip in the afternoon, heading west to Walton via the legendary Christiansburg Mountain grade. Pulling a 21-car train on former N&W rails, #611 looked and sounded fantastic all weekend long.
In addition to the Blue Ridge and Christiansburg excursions, this program covers the July 1st ferry move from Spencer, NC to Roanoke, VA. On this trip, #611 pulled a short revenue freight, taking the ex-Virginian line at Altavista instead of the longer routing via Lynchburg and the N&W. Running without diesel assistance at all times, #611 put on a spectacular show of mainline steam railroading, while introducing a whole new generation to Roanoke's finest: the legendary streamlined J-class.
Filmed entirely in HD, this program features incredible stack talk as #611 demonstrates why she's the world's most powerful 4-8-4. With her thunderous bark and deep mournful whistle, #611 provides a brief glimpse of what the golden age of steam was like on the Norfolk & Western. 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: 84 minutes (plus 6 minutes of previews)
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N&W 611 Reborn Vol 2 - Blue Ridge & Christiansburg DVD
chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2019-04-29 19:15:08.
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got done watching this a few minutes ago and once again the second vol of the reborn series has impressed me like the others in reborn vol.2 continues following norfolk & western 611 on more trips of the 2015 season after the excursions she operated in june the video first starts with 611 on a ferry move pulling a short fright train on july 1st than the focus is on the roanoke trips during the 4th of july holiday weekend with 611 operating on both the blue ridge grade and christiansburg mountain these were the last trips of the 2015 season for the 611 2015 was also the last year for the 21st century steam program but thankfully i am pleased norfolk southern allowed 611 to run on the ns line during the 2016 and 17 seasons now that i've watched all five videos these are now by far my favorite 611 videos with watching these videos they show 611 is still the queen of steam
Additional remarks by chris collins: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.