The Tennessean

The Tennessean Locomotives
Price: $14.95

Stock #: 614907
Type: Large Format Postcard
Publisher: Audio Visual Designs
Size: 6" x 9" (15.25 x 23 cm)

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The beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway has many scenic wonders to its credit but on Labor Day 1982 an additional sight was added to the list for the day as Norfolk & Western steam locomotive 611 passed under the parkway bridge east of Vinton, Va. The big class J locomotive and excursion train was enroute to Alexandria fro Roanoke with the Centennial Limited - The Tennesseean on its second outing since return to service. Regular active service ended in October 1959 after a short nine years. After three years of storage, the 611 was donated to the City of Roanoke and displayed in the new transportation museum. Then, after almost 20 years a a static display, the 4-8-4 was removed for inspection and overhaul to power excursions in 1982. A set of matching cars were rebuilt and furnished by the Norfolk & Western and the Roanoke Chapter, National Railway Historical Society to add the final touch to this 1950s passenger train.