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611: American Icon Blu-ray

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611:  American Icon Blu-ray

The Story of the Last Norfolk & Western Class J Steam Locomotive

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 It takes a lot of effort to chronicle the sixty-six year history of the Norfolk & Western Class J 611. There are so many stories to tell: of her original design and construction at the pinnacle of the steam era; of her restoration to operating condition after sitting cold for decades; and, finally, of her triumphant return to the rails in 2015 to the delight of thousands. The documentary will preserve all the memories that linger in the heart long after the locomotive thunders by, and the steam fades from view.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation has been working on this documentary to tell those stories, and more, since 611’s most recent restoration was announced.

The documentary features rare historic footage and exclusive, close-up views of the mechanical work that were captured only by our camera crews. Interviews with noted authors and historians explain the performance superiority designed into every J, and the remarkable craftsmanship that went into building every one.

“No. 611's rebirth in 2015 was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a joyous occasion for all of us who love railroads and the American experience. This video captures the essence of the restoration, the history, and the promise of this legendary locomotive.”  —Jim Wrinn, Editor, TRAINS Magazine

Watch 611 roll on, full of power and grace, decade after decade. 611: AMERICAN ICON was shot in 4K and will be available in HD for the very best color and picture quality. Runtime is approximately 75 minutes.  Blu-ray and DVD are region free.

611: AMERICAN ICON was made possible by support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Richard Gwathmey and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, and the American Electric Power Foundation.

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  1. Great Design Lasts 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jul 2016

    A well told story of the design, building, and subsequent excellent performance of an end-of-an-era steam locomotive. The technical detail is enough to allow a non-tech oriented viewer to grasp the outstanding engineering and machining achievements of the N&W Roanoke Shops.The historical review of the beginnings of railroads in the USA,
    the importance to the growth of the industrial giant that the country became, the link between abundant coal resources and steam powered
    rail transportation are all told in a fascinating tale. The videos and phots are superb and illustrate the story well.

  2. Good to the Last Frame 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jul 2016

    The viewing with remarks was not distracting. The "normal" viewing was too drawn out during the restoration, but nicely done during the return home. Most viewers will probably like the last half better.

    I was fortunate to be a passenger during the run from Ashville NC to Spartanburg SC up and down Saluda Grade. Quite an experience.

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