New England Steam Excursions?

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New England Steam Excursions?

Postby highgreen215 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:43 am

Any possibility of excursions by 611 on NS rails into New England, specifically Boston? Virginia is a little too far for me to go to see this beauty.
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Re: New England Steam Excursions?

Postby charding » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:00 am

…here is her website - she is a beauty…saw she last June when she came through Manassas...would think highly unlikely in New England, but you never know..http://fireup611.org
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Re: New England Steam Excursions?

Postby YamaOfParadise » Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:26 pm

Would there be any problems moving her through Hoosac Tunnel? I don't know if any of the previous routes excursions have been on had tunnels on them. The Hoosac Tunnel isn't trivial in length... it's the largest east of the Rockies, and I don't know if the ventilation is sufficient to keep up with a steam locomotive.
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Re: New England Steam Excursions?

Postby ExNYC63 » Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:00 pm

In steam days on the B&M electric locomotives pulled steam powered trains through the tunnel.
The fires in the steam locos were banked to keep down smoke while the electric locos did all
the work. Diesels eliminated the need for the electrics, but an exhaust fan system was installed
to remove diesel exhaust.
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Re: New England Steam Excursions?

Postby highgreen215 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:54 pm

611 would be a spectacular sight in Boston's North Station. It's a whole different animal, but if we can host Tall Ships celebrations, Indycar races on city streets, and seriously consider hosting Olympics here, surely we could accommodate a visiting steam locomotive with advertising sponsors helping offset the costs.
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Re: New England Steam Excursions?

Postby charding » Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:06 pm

...probably another reason why 611 will not show up in New England is that her support base is in Roanoke, VA and excursions in New England might be a little far...looking forward to her appearance at the Manassas Railroad Days on 3/4 June...
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Re: New England Steam Excursions?

Postby Noel Weaver » Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:29 pm

I don't have a current link to the NS release when they pretty much restricted steam operations to Virginia and North Carolina and 611 only. I don't think there is a snowball's chance 611 will go to the northeast anywhere at least not east of Buffalo and probably not there either. No way would they allow 611 to operate through Hoosac Tunnel except with a diesel ahead doing the work.
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