NS Steam Specials Suspended Until 2015

Last weekend’s Detroit Arrow excursion between Detroit and Fort Wayne, Ind., will be the last steam trip for 2014 on Norfolk Southern.

NS acknowledged this week that a lack of road crews and an increase in freight traffic led it to suspend further steam trips for the rest of the year.

The railroad expects to resume operating steam trips in spring 2015.

Some of the steam locomotives that have pulled steam trains on NS will continue to see action, though.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s Southern Railway 2-8-2 No. 4501 is expected to be back in action next month after a rebuilding. It or the Southern 2-8-0 No. 630 will lead Summerville (Ga.) Steam Specials Oct. 4, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26, and Nov. 1. Details and tickets are available at the museum’s Web site, www.tvrail.com.

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society’s Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 will return to Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Sept. 6-7 and Sept. 13 and 14. Rebuilding work continues on Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611. The 4-8-4’s engine and tender were separated last weekend at the North Carolina Transportation Museum .

The engine was placed inside the roundhouse for the next phase of work, which includes ultrasonic testing of the boiler shell. The locomotive is expected to be ready for the main line in spring 2015.

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