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10/17/2018
 
 
 
 
 
By:G. R. Harper
Dates:8/8/2016 - 8/8/2016
Album Info:Images of 611 and short train being ferried between Spencer, NC, and Roanoke, VA. Glimpses of return of double track near Gretna, VA, included!
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Here's a little history, when this portion of the Southern was double-tracked the FIRST time, over 100 years ago.
Title:  Here's a little history, when this portion of the Southern was double-tracked the FIRST time, over 100 years ago.
Description:  Gretna used to be called Franklin Junction. Sycamore is where I first caught 611 today.
Photo Date:  12/17/1910  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 7:15:10 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Views:  75   Comments: 1
Prior to 611's arrival I visited a few locations to check out double tracking progress.
Title:  Prior to 611's arrival I visited a few locations to check out double tracking progress.
Description:  View from VA 40 overpass in Gretna, VA, looking north. Grading is evident.
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:31:55 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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NS right-of-way looking south from VA 40 overpass at Gretna, VA
Title:  NS right-of-way looking south from VA 40 overpass at Gretna, VA
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:35:37 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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NS train 290 northbound from Galveston Rd., just south of Gretna, VA.
Title:  NS train 290 northbound from Galveston Rd., just south of Gretna, VA.
Description:  Grading for second track completed.
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:39:14 PM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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The rear of NS train 290 weaving through the turnout at Smothers.
Title:  The rear of NS train 290 weaving through the turnout at Smothers.
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:41:43 PM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Good location to view track construction and train passages.
Title:  Good location to view track construction and train passages.
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:46:49 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Views:  71   Comments: 0
NS train 12R approaches the crossing at Sycamore Creek Rd.
Title:  NS train 12R approaches the crossing at Sycamore Creek Rd.
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:44:38 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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NS train 12R at Sycamore Creek Rd.
Title:  NS train 12R at Sycamore Creek Rd.
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:48:43 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NS 7511(ES44DC)
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NS train 12R passes under the new cantilever in place ready for double-track railroading here
Title:  NS train 12R passes under the new cantilever in place ready for double-track railroading here
Description: 
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:50:30 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NS 7511(ES44DC) NS 2637(SD70M)
Views:  87   Comments: 0
M of W setting out new crossties at Sycamore Road crossing
Title:  M of W setting out new crossties at Sycamore Road crossing
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:54:16 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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M of W men lining up new crossties.  Tie plates and rail waiting their turns
Title:  M of W men lining up new crossties. Tie plates and rail waiting their turns
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:55:59 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Looking north at double tracking project going on on NS between Greene and Smothers
Title:  Looking north at double tracking project going on on NS between Greene and Smothers
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 5:58:45 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Double tracking in progress north of Gretna, VA.  The big picture.
Title:  Double tracking in progress north of Gretna, VA. The big picture.
Description:  Sycamore Creek Rd. crossing. MP 204.3
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:01:31 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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611 passes under the new cantilever at Sycamore Creek Rd., MP 204.3
Title:  611 passes under the new cantilever at Sycamore Creek Rd., MP 204.3
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:03:50 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
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611 passing new crossties on the ground at the Sycamore Creek Road crossing, MP 204.3
Title:  611 passing new crossties on the ground at the Sycamore Creek Road crossing, MP 204.3
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:06:28 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
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611 passes the two M of W fellows
Title:  611 passes the two M of W fellows
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:10:32 PM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
Views:  103   Comments: 0
611 and fans as it passes through Hurt, VA
Title:  611 and fans as it passes through Hurt, VA
Description: 
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:13:08 PM
Location:  Hurt, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
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611 and tool car pass by the Hurt Connection in Hurt, VA
Title:  611 and tool car pass by the Hurt Connection in Hurt, VA
Description: 
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:15:03 PM
Location:  Hurt, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
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611 and train in the distance en route to Lynchburg and interchange to the ex-N&W
Title:  611 and train in the distance en route to Lynchburg and interchange to the ex-N&W
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:17:29 PM
Location:  Hurt, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
Views:  92   Comments: 0
Crossed the Business 29 bridge in Altavista just a little too late.  train ahead of me
Title:  Crossed the Business 29 bridge in Altavista just a little too late. train ahead of me
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:21:47 PM
Location:  Altavista, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Hmmm.  That black and white umbrella is a little too close for comfort as 611 approaches the Waterlick Road bridge mear MP 181
Title:  Hmmm. That black and white umbrella is a little too close for comfort as 611 approaches the Waterlick Road bridge mear MP 181
Description:  They did move as 611 got closer! Train only going 10 or 15 mph. Detector at Lawyers, MP 180.? visible.
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:23:45 PM
Location:  Lawyers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Views:  111   Comments: 1
611 in a driving rain passes under the Waterlick Road bridge.  There used to be a grade crossing below me prior to the bridge
Title:  611 in a driving rain passes under the Waterlick Road bridge. There used to be a grade crossing below me prior to the bridge
Description: 
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:27:08 PM
Location:  Lawyers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
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A going-away shot from above.  Waterlick Road bridge.  Rain coming down hard.  Happily, I carried an umbrella.
Title:  A going-away shot from above. Waterlick Road bridge. Rain coming down hard. Happily, I carried an umbrella.
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:30:26 PM
Location:  Lawyers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
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Northbound approaching CP Walke as viewed from Waterlick Rd. bridge
Title:  Northbound approaching CP Walke as viewed from Waterlick Rd. bridge
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:34:28 PM
Location:  Lawyers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Views:  77   Comments: 0
West of Lynchburg on the N&W side at Forest, VA, now.  V04 local gets out of the way of the 611 move, symbolled 958
Title:  West of Lynchburg on the N&W side at Forest, VA, now. V04 local gets out of the way of the 611 move, symbolled 958
Description: 
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:37:39 PM
Location:  Forest, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NS 3204(SD40-2)
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Rear of NS train V04 passes the signals, old and new at Forest, VA, and the station there
Title:  Rear of NS train V04 passes the signals, old and new at Forest, VA, and the station there
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Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:42:19 PM
Location:  Forest, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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611 on its way back to the VMT in Roanoke passes by what's left of the station at Forest, VA,
Title:  611 on its way back to the VMT in Roanoke passes by what's left of the station at Forest, VA,
Description: 
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:45:00 PM
Location:  Forest, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
Views:  94   Comments: 0
611 passes the signals and station at Forest, VA, on its way back to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke
Title:  611 passes the signals and station at Forest, VA, on its way back to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke
Description: 
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:47:16 PM
Location:  Forest, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
Views:  104   Comments: 0
Last shot of the day for me.  611 heads west through the gloom and rain en route to Roanoke
Title:  Last shot of the day for me. 611 heads west through the gloom and rain en route to Roanoke
Description: 
Photo Date:  8/8/2016  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 6:49:20 PM
Location:  Forest, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NW 611(4-8-4)
Views:  79   Comments: 0


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