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Excursion Train Departing Town

NS steam excursion
Steam-powered excursion train on the Norfolk Southern Railway departing Oakvale, Virginia, on May 13, 1991. The trim white buildings and well-tended gardens in Oakvale will get a dusting of cinders as the train passes. Families living in trackside communities once battled cinders on regular basis, until diesel replaced steam in 1950s. Pulling the train is former Norfolk & Western Railway Class A #1218, a 2-6-6-4 fast freight locomotive, which was operated by Norfolk Southern for public relations purposes until 1994.
Alternate Title Norfolk Southern Railway Steam Passenger Excursion Train (editor's title)
Source Kevin Scanlon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coverage Spatial, Oakvale, Virginia; Temporal, May 13, 1991
Rights Kevin Scanlon
Date Created 1991-05-13
Resource Type
Extent 35mm
Depicted Railroad
Location Oakvale, Virginia
Equipment, Locomotive Class A 2-6-6-4 #1218
Builder, locomotive Norfolk & Western Railway, Roanoke Shops
Creator Description Kevin Scanlon was born in Pittsburgh and has spent the last 35 years documenting heavy industry and railroads across the country. He is drawn to subjects such as steel mills (both working and abandoned), the coalfields of southern West Virginia, and the American railway system, focusing primarily on railroads in Appalachia. His images capture an important historical era that spans the end of the twentieth century into the new millennium. Kevin Scanlonís photographs have been displayed at several art museums and galleries as well as appearing in various railroad-themed books and magazines, and on the covers of the literary journal Paper Street.
Collection Kevin Scanlon Collection
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