Vol. 7, No. 6 November / December 1991  Issue Select 
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Cover Title: NS Steam Program
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On the Cover: "You can go home again," the 611 appears to be saying. She has traveled from Birmingham to Roanoke to celebrate that city's centennial, and to be formally turned over to the NS Steam Program.
Articles In This Issue
From The Editor - James F. Brewer
The Whistle is the Key - Mason Y. Cooper
  Photo Class A 1218 whistles around a curve near Fort Gay, WV, August 7, 1991, with an excursion to Iaeger, deep in the Pocahontas coal fileds. (Mason Cooper)
  Photo Class A 1218 gets underway with an excursion eastward out of Kenova, August 7, 1991, during the National Railway Historical Society Convention. (Mason Cooper)
Divorce or Demise - Almost - Mike Foster
  Photo N&WHS Permanent Convention Chariman, Pat Ryan photographed 611 in July 1969. This photo shows the 611 at Wasena Park, Roanoke, Virginia. The Southern Steam Program had begun only a few years before. William J. "Bill" Purdie had now been appointed Master Mechanic-Steam Power. And who would ever think that 611 would be brought back to life in 1982 under Purdie's leadership! (Patt Ryan)
Thanks Mr. Clayton - John Kinney, Jr.
  Photo 611 pulls eastbound 1987 NRHS convention train over the Narrows trestle. (John Kinney)
William J "Bill" Purdie, Jr and The Rebirth of 611 - James N. Gillum
  Photo Bill & Sara Purdie with 611 and restoration crew outside Southern Steam Shop, Irondale, Ala. on August 15, 1982 (Bill Purdie Collection)
  Photo 611 passes former Southern Railway depot at Chatham, Va. on her return to Roanoke on August 22, 1982 (Bill Purdie Collection)
Norfolk & Western's New Era Steam - Ed Woskowiez
  Photo N&W Class J 611 departing Bucyrus, Ohio with the "Southwind Limited III." Destination is Kenova, WV on 5/13/89. (Ed Woskowiez)
  Photo N&W Class A 1218 departs Bellevue, Ohio on May 19, 1990 with the "Southwind Limited IV" bound for Kenova, WV. (Ed Woskoviez)
  Photo 611 roars out of Bellevue on a rainy morning on a trip which will take her over former PRR rails into Columbus and N&W track to Kenova on 5/13/89. (Ed Woskowicz)
Steam Memories - C. A. Wiggins
  Photo 611 at Portsmoutn, Ohio in April 1956 (Jim Shaw photo/Jim Gillum collection)
  Photo 611 near Goode, Va. 9/2/82 on her inaugural run to Norfolk from Roanoke. (Jim Gillum photo)
Pocahantas Paint Shop - James Nichols
  Photo N&W Class CF 518040 at Columbus, Ohio on 9/28/40 (photo by Paul B. Dunn, Tom Dressler Collection)
  Photo N&W 557876, former NKP 876, nee W&LE at Zanesville, OH in 1967 (photo by Paul B. Dunn, Tom Dressler Collection)
Current News - Robert G. Bowers
Powhatan Modler - Thomas D. Dressler
The Virginian Local - Roger Nutting
  Table I recently received a package of information that I thought the N&WHS membership would like to see. Hugh O. Griffin, Jr. of Portsmouth, Va provided me with original conductor's sheets for two VIRGINIAN west bound empties leaving Victoria, Va in 1939. These sheet give a rather interesting snap-shop of a typical consist during the cold month of March, and are summarized in the table below. (Hugh O. Griffin, Jr)
The "Independence Limited 88" (rear cover photo) - John Kinney, Jr.
  Photo The "Independence Limited '88" westbound enters Bluefield Yard. This photo won the color print photography award at the 1990 N&WHS Convention. (John Kinney photos)
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