After two weekends of trips in North Carolina during the month of April, Norfolk & Western J-class 4-8-4 #611 returned home for a reprisal of the popular half-day excursions that were operated out of Roanoke, VA the previous year. These were the only trips of 2016 on home rails, and #611 would climb two of the most famous grades on the N&W each day. In the morning she traveled eastward to Lynchburg, VA - crossing over the Blue Ridge grade in both directions. After returning to Roanoke #611 then pulled a second trip in the afternoon, this time heading west to Walton via the grueling Christiansburg Mountain grade.
But before looking at the 2016 edition of "Blue Ridge and Christiansburg" - this program begins where Volume 3 ends - with #611 in Greensboro, NC after "The Roanoker" trips. First we'll look at the ferry move back to Roanoke on Monday April 25th, as #611 retraces the route of the previous day's excursion. Then we'll cover all 4 half-day trips out of Roanoke on May 7th and 8th, as #611 tackles the steep grades on either side of town. Finally we'll conclude with a look at the ferry move from Roanoke to Manassas, VA on June 1st, as #611 ascends the Blue Ridge grade one more time.
Running without diesel assistance at all times, #611 put on another spectacular show while introducing a whole new generation to Roanoke's finest: the legendary streamlined J-class. With the color position light (CPL) signals being replaced around Roanoke, these trips were likely the last to feature these classic steam-era signals.
Filmed entirely in HD, this program features incredible stack talk as #611 battles the grades around Roanoke. 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.
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N&W 611 Reborn Vol 4 - Year Two Roanoke Excursions DVD
chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2019-01-30 20:54:42.
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just finished watching this and this was another excellent video of the reborn series n&w 611 reborn vol.4 continues more coverage of norfolk & western 611 this time on the roanoke trips the video picks up where the third vol left off starting with the ferry move from Greensboro north carolina to 611's home in roanoke Virginia on apirl 25th after she thrilled crowds of railfans in the tar heel state 611 would rest for two weeks than she would be ready for the roanoke trips on may 7th and 8th traveling on home rails of the former n&w mainline on the blue ridge grade and christiansburg mountain the video than finishes with the ferry move to Manassas virgina on june 1st there's scenes of 611 collecting a few more passenger cars at the amtrak station in lynchburg and a Bonus showing 611 trying to get in the Manassas yard you won't sleep though this as 611 shows her thunderers bark while working hard again the third vol was the one video of the reborn series i wanted (cause 611 came in my area in ashville so that was special to me) than i looked about the others i was originally going to buy this one but i put in favor for the fifth vol (now i bought this and it's just as good as the third and fifth vols.) i might end up with one of the other two vols. (i wasn't going to buy all five videos of the reborn series) but i think i'll look into one of the other two vols. and think about it
Additional remarks by chris collins: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.