Southern 630 Mainline Test Runs
A little over a month after Norfolk Southern ran a test train led by Southern steam locomotive 630, NS ran another test train on Tuesday, August 8, 2011, this time apparently without a diesel in the consist. The NS Facebook page shows this video:
According to the TVRM 630 Facebook page, axles may have overheated, but the team is dedicated to working the kinks out. The Low-Tech Times salutes the efforts of those who restore and preserve steam power and we look forward to the impending launch of the NS Steam Program aka 21st Century Steam.
When will the NS Steam Program Restart?
Only time will tell, but we believe some mainline excursions featuring Southern 630 are possible on September 3rd and Sunday September 4th in conjunction with TVRM’s Railfest. Per the TVRM RailFest Schedule:
Extended excursion trains will operate on Saturday and Sunday. Details will be announced soon.