It’s early morning, with thick fog surrounding you, you are standing trackside, with a camera in-hand. You hear in the distance, the chug of a locomotive coming towards you, and you hear the whistle announcing it arrival. It gets louder and lounder and then, through the fog, the engine emgerges, cutting through the thick fog like a knife, in all of her glory. You stand there, watching her pass by in awe—forgetting that you are wanting to get a photo of her—amased by her power and absolute beauty. Though, sadly, as time passes, her fire has been dumped and she quitely waits, under a protective shed next to her cousin, for another chance to run under her own power.
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This week, Kansas City Nathan will welcome members of the Virginia Museum of Transportation and Fire Up 611 Committee to the show, as we talk about the committee, their goals, and what we can do to help. We will also share stories of 611‘s past and dreams of the future.
This will be a very exciting show! Be sure to join us during the live show—12-noon (Central)/10am (Pacific)—as we help “Fire Up 611!“
We open the show and we take the first call from the Amazing Chris Guenzler, who is attending Winterail 2013. He talks about his trip to Stockton, Calif., to attend Winterail, as well as what will be presented at this year’s event. You can always check out Chris’ webpage at www.trainweb.org/chris.
We next talk with the Official Caller Ken, as he too is attending Winterail. Ken was able to have the Producer of Winterail, Vic Neves, to tell us on the show for a few minutes. Vic tells us about this year’s event, as they are celebrating their 35th anniversary. Vic also answers some other questions about the event for people who may not be familar with Winterail.
We then welcome our special guests to the show, Pam McGuire of the Virginia Museum of Transportation, and Cherie George & Scott Lindsay of the “Fire Up 611” Committee. We talk about the proposed project and current investigation taking place by the Committee. We discuss what listeners and railfans can do to assist in the current portion of the project. We also listen to Scott & Cherie tell us some stories while riding N&W #611, before she was retired in 1994.
In the second half of the show, we continue speaking with Pam McGuire and Scott Lindsay, talking about what it would take to bring Norfolk & Western 611, back from retirement, as well as other aspects of having an successful excursion, and what the museum may will do if #611 is gone on an excursion across the country.
Before the end of the second hour, a long-time friend of the show, Monon George, calls in to ask a question about the potential routes the J-Class Steam Locomotive may take, if restoration takes place. As we close, Pam and Scott say their final thoughts of the show, and Kansas City Nathan shares a personal story that ties him with the Norfolk & Western #611.