Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk & Western 1218’

Steam Saturday: Sort of on Home Rails

November 6, 2021

Norfolk & Western 2-6-6-4 No. 1218 pulls on excursion train south of Bellevue on Aug.15, 1987. It is the heyday of the Norfolk Southern steam program when the 1218 and running mate N&W 611 were frequent visitors to Ohio.

The 1218 was home built by N&W in June 1943 in Roanoke, Virginia. The track is is running on was once a Pennsylvania Railroad route from Columbus to Sandusky.

The N&W acquired it in 1964 in order to have more direct access to the Nickel Plate Road, which is acquired that year along with the Wabash, and the Akron, Canton & Youngstown.

Although the Sandusky District as N&W named its Columbus-Sandusky line never hosted the 1218 in revenue service in its first career, the 1218 did polish these ex-N&W rails during its excursion career between 1987 and 1994.

Today the 1218 is on static display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke.

The excursion shown above was a Toledo-Columbus roundtrip. However, the 1218 only operated on the Belleveue-Columbus segment with the Toledo-Bellevue segment pulled by diesels.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Remembering N&W 1218

September 19, 2020

Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611 may be a better known steam locomotive, but it had a running mate during the halcyon days of the Norfolk Southern steam program.

N&W 2-6-6-4 No. 1218 pulled several excursions and even teamed up with the 611 for some photo opportunities during National Railway Historical Society Conventions.

The excursion career of No. 1218 was relatively short. After moving under its own power in 1985 following restoration and then entering excursion service, the Class A steamer was removed from service at the end of the 1991 season and sent to a shop in Alabama for an overhaul.

The plan was to have the 1218 back on the road for the 1996 excursion season, but NS canceled its steam program at the end of the 1994 season.

No. 1218 was sent to Roanoke, Virginia, where it remains on static display at the Virginia Transportation Museum.

In the photo above, No. 1218 is westbound west of Bellevue on Aug. 15, 1987.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Hot Summer But Plenty of Steam to be Seen

August 5, 2020

Cotton Belt No. 819 at Wolf Lake, Illinois, on June 13, 1990.

The 1990 NRHS convention in St. Louis was steaming with 4 steam locomotives and with 90 plus degrees heat. We all probably lost a few pounds but it was worth it. A sample of some highlights.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Union Pacific No. 844 at Carpenter, Illinois, on June 14, 1990.

The Burlington’s Silver Solarium being pulled by UP 844. The car is now owned by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Norfolk & Western No. 1218 on display at St Louis Union Station on June 15, 1990.

Frisco No. 1522 at Cuba, Missouri, on June 16, 1990.

Frisco No. 1501 on display in Rolla, Missouri., No. 1501 and 1522 are two of the six Frisco 4-8-2’s that still exist.

Cotton Belt No. 819 at Fountain, Illinois, on June 17, 1990.

Union Pacific No. 844 and Frisco No. 1522 at Webster, Missouri, on June 18, 1990.

Silver Solarium seen in Chicago from Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on our return home.

Now I Remember

August 2, 2020

It’s amazing how the mind works. In putting stories and photos together I’ve always remembered locomotives and locations that I want to share.

So many I can remember details like they just recently happened even though they’re up to 40 year memories.

Then I come across an event and location that I completely forgot. In the top photograph is the

Norfolk &Western 611 photo from May 7, 1989, at Fremont that I shared on the blog about two  weeks ago.

Then I found a photograph of N&W 1218 photo from a year later on May 27,1990, at Fremont that was completely gone from my memory.

This was from a weekend of Bellevue-Toledo round trips. Now I remember.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Didn’t Those Retire 30 Years Ago?

July 27, 2020

Norfolk & Western No. 1218 is westbound in Painesville station on Aug. 18, 1990.

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 is westbound at the former NKP depot in Painesville on Aug. 7, 1989. The station has since been razed.

Norfolk & Western No. 611 westbound in Painesville on June 16, 1989.

In a span of fourteen months between June 1989 to August 1990 three different steamers passed the same location. I’m sure people were saying, “I thought these things were retired 30 years ago.” Also I’m sure many people were happy to see these beauties again.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Got an ‘A’ in Photography in 1988

July 10, 2020

Norfolk & Western Class A No. 1218 was in its second year of operation in excursion service in 1988 after being restored to operating condition.

The 2-6-6-4 locomotive operated in Northeast Ohio and vicinity three times that summer and here is Ed’s A list of favorite images made while chasing the locomotive that year.

In the photograph above, the 1218 along with its train is crossing over the Rocky River in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River on Aug. 7

In the top photograph of the series below, the 1218 is passing beneath Conrail’s Chicago Line in Vermilion on Aug. 7

In the middle image, the excursion train is crossing the Ashtabula River in Ashtabula on July 23, while the bottom image was made of the 1218 running eastbound at Bort Road outside of North East, Pennsylvania, on July 21.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas