Posts Tagged ‘Independence Limited’

Steam Saturday: Double Header in Bellevue

March 20, 2021

How is this for a steam double header? It’s June 17, 1989, in Bellevue and Norfolk & Western J Class 4-8-4 No. 611 and Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 light Mikado No. 587 have teamed up for an Independence Limited trip that began in Cleveland and would pause overnight later today in Muncie, Indiana.

The train’s ultimate destination was the National Railway Historical Society Convention in Roanoke, Virginia.

The 611 had earlier this month pulled excursions between Buffalo and Ashtabula, and even did a Conneaut-Bellevue round trip.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: 1983 Independence Limited

February 6, 2021

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