Steam Saturday: 1983 Independence Limited

It is July 27, 1983, and the wayback machine has landed us alongside the original Nickel Plate Road mainline east of Bellevue at Old Fort.

We are just in time to see Norfolk & Western J Class No. 611 cross the Sandusky River pulling the Independence Limited.

An all-time listing of excursions pulled by the 611 that was published in a book written by Jim Wrinn reports that the trip began that morning in Portsmouth, Ohio, and was bound for Fort Wayne, Indiana.

No. 611 was fresh off an appearance at that year’s National Railway Historical Society Convention in Richmond, Virginia.

For several years specials that were bound to or from an NRHS convention operated under the Independence Limited name.

This excursion of the Independence Limited would end in Chicago the next day.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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One Response to “Steam Saturday: 1983 Independence Limited”

  1. pwwoodring Says:

    This was the excursion where NS Chairman Robert Claytor was at the throttle west of Bellevue and he pushed the J over 80 miph on the long straight east of Ft. Wayne. Documented by video crews pacing the trip.

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