Posts Tagged ‘N&W 611 in Cleveland’

Steam Saturday: N&W 611 in Cleveland

February 26, 2022

Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611 pulls a westbound excursion through the Flats in Cleveland in early August 1985. The train is on former Nickel Plate Road tracks on a bridge spanning the Cuyahoga River Valley. The 611 pulled two round trips between Erie, Pennsylvania, and Bellevue on Aug. 3 and 4 that year.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: The J in Cleveland

December 26, 2020

Norfolk & Western J Class No. 611 is westbound in Cleveland on Aug. 4, 1985. The visible matching set of cars makes this all the more special.  I believe that Paul Woodring was also here when when this image was made. The train was making a roundtrip between Erie, Pennsylvania, and Bellevue. It made two roundtrips betwen those points that weekend.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Feeling Lucky to Have Gotten These Moves

July 17, 2020

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.

Steamy Memories From 1985

May 14, 2020

Here are some more photographs made by Ed Ribinskas in 1985, most of them involving photographing a steam excursion. He said he remembers each image as if they recently occurred.

In the image above, Nickel Plate Road No. 765 is on the wye on May 12 at Homewood, Pennsylvania, alongside and over the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The Berkshire-type engine had developed a hot bearing near East Palestine, Ohio, during an excursion between Orrville and Pittsburgh.

The 765 had to be replaced with Conrail diesel locomotives. The steamer was turned at Homewood and then limped back to Orrrville.

In the first photograph below, a Bre/Leyland Railbus operated in a six-week trial run between downtown Cleveland and Mentor that started April 28.

The trial involved five roundtrips Monday through Friday over Norfolk Southern (former Nickel Plate) tracks.

The Cleveland terminus was Tower City. The railbus would leave on Cleveland RTA Rapid tracks and switch over to NS near the 55th Street yard.

The Mentor terminus was at Ohio Route 615 where it is shown.

Ed said he rode the trip on May 3 and remembered that the late J. Gary Dillon, the long time vice president of the Akron Railroad Club, was aboard.

The next photograph is NKP 765 in Madison on June 16 during a ferry move from Buffalo, New York.

It was returning to Bellevue and having pulled a series of excursions between Buffalo and Corning, New York.

Next up is Norfolk & Western No. 611 during an excursion from Erie, Pennsylvania, to Bellevue.

The train is shown soaring over the Cleveland Flats westbound on Aug. 3 in an image made from the Abbey Avenue bridge.

The 611 is shown again during that same excursion, but this time at Old Broadway in Cleveland east of downtown on the return trip to Erie.

Finally, the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus train is cruising alongside Interstate 71 in Cleveland on Nov. 4 in an image made from Ridge Road.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Black & White Steam World

August 20, 2019

I grew up in a world of black and white TV, movies, and photographs, so black and white images are as real to me as color images.

Here are two black and white images of Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611.

The top image of the Class J in operation was made in Virginia in early September 1982. With me on this trip were Jim Bacon and Paul Woodring.

I no longer remember the location where I made this image.

In the bottom image, the 611 is headed westbound through the Flats in Cleveland in August 1985.

The tall white building to the left is Rhodes Tower on the campus of Cleveland State University.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas