Feeling Lucky to Have Gotten These Moves

Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611 leads an excursion train through downtown Cleveland at Old Broadway on June 1, 1989.

Norfolk & Western No. 611 in spring 1989 made some moves that I am glad and lucky to have photographed.

It ran on April 30, 1989, from Bellevue to Brewster with a train of hoppers. It also was the one time the 611 would pull an excursion from Brewster to Toledo the following weekend.

I’ll always have memories of that Brewster-Toledo roundtrip. It snowed while I was waiting for the first photo and Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls hit “the shot” over Craig Ehlo and the Cleveland Cavaliers as I photographed the 611 on the return trip.

It was the last year the ex-N&W, ex-Nickel Plate Road, ex-Wheeling & Lake Erie route southeast of Bellevue was part of the Norfolk Southern system before being sold to form the new W&LE.

Finally on June 1, 1989 N&W 611 made a ferry move from Bellevue to Buffalo via Conneaut to position for another weekend of excursions.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

At Clarksfield on April 30, 1989. Notice the N&W emblem on the bridge.

At Fremont on May 7, 1989.

At Kimball on June 1, 1989.

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