Mighty 611 In Strasburg!

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Mighty 611 In Strasburg!
Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:39 AM

Well, there's been plenty of time for the videographers to get to work, and I found a good one of Lady Firestorm's "Art Deco Delight", N&W 611's visit to the Strasburg Railroad.

PLUS an appearance by the Strasburg's N&W "Mastodon," 4-8-0 475.  You'll love the sound of that old N&W "hooter" whistle!  Old-timers here in Virginia say there was something mystical, magical, and otherworldly about the sound of a "hooter" whistle echoing though the snow-covered hills and valleys, especially late at night. 

Not the first time Virginia's invaded Pennsylvania of course, but this time it was a lot more fun for all concerned!  Wink

Go "full-screen" if you can.  Here ya' go...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNtNBVH43mk    

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Posted by Fr.Al on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 2:08 PM

Call me biased, but I'd prefer to see the "Mastodon". I think it was in the shop when I visited in July, 2017.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 2:30 PM

Good to hear from you again Father!  And I wouldn't call you biased, as a matter of fact I'd call you perceptive.  Those N&W "Mastodons" were unique locomotives in their own right.  Very few American railroads picked up on the 4-8-0 wheel arrangement and those that did didn't keep them anywhere near as long as the N&W did.  475 and her siblings lasted darn near to the end of steam on the N&W.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:58 PM

They were Mollies on the N&W.  I like that light plane!

Big Smile  I'm Cuckoo For Choo Choo Stuffs!  Big Smile

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 6:10 PM

My grandson and I were there that weekend, rode behind 475, just watched 611.

It was a great day. I live just 50 minutes from Strasburg, and have been there likely close to 100 times in the last 50 plus years. Two or three trips a year is not uncommon for us. 

It never gets old.

Sheldon

    

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 6:21 PM

Penny Trains

They were Mollies on the N&W.  I like that light plane!

 

Oh yeah, those ultralights are cool, aren't they?

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 6:24 PM

ATLANTIC CENTRAL

My grandson and I were there that weekend, rode behind 475, just watched 611.

It was a great day. I live just 50 minutes from Strasburg, and have been there likely close to 100 times in the last 50 plus years. Two or three trips a year is not uncommon for us. 

It never gets old.

Sheldon

 

I understand perfectly.  We're heading up to Collegeville PA for Thanksgiving tomorrow, as we've done on-and-off for thirty years, and I always try to squeeze in a visit to Valley Forge, it's only six miles from my sister-in-laws home.  I've been there a good 20 times, and as you put it so well. it never gets old.

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Posted by Deggesty on Friday, November 29, 2019 10:48 AM

Flintlock76

Good to hear from you again Father!  And I wouldn't call you biased, as a matter of fact I'd call you perceptive.  Those N&W "Mastodons" were unique locomotives in their own right.  Very few American railroads picked up on the 4-8-0 wheel arrangement and those that did didn't keep them anywhere near as long as the N&W did.  475 and her siblings lasted darn near to the end of steam on the N&W.

 

One was in use in Bristol as a switch engine at the passenger station in the fifties, working Pullmans and headend cars on 41, 42, 45, and 46. 41 and 46 at times were in the station at the same time.

Johnny

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