|Southern Railway (Texas & Pacific) No. 610; Mitchells, Virginia; August 1978|
My first encounter with the Southern Steam Program was in August 1978 when I convinced Dad to chase a trip from Alexandria to Charlottesville in Virginia. Power for the trip was leased Texas & Pacific 2-10-4 No. 610 (above), a massive locomotive. This would be the only day I would see 610 under steam.
My first National Railway Historical Society convention was the gathering in Washington, D.C., over Labor Day weekend in 1979. The Southern lacked a fast main line locomotive in its roster, so it turned to a leased engine, Canadian Pacific "Royal Hudson" No. 2839. With its tall drivers and impressive speed, Southern's Master Mechanic-Steam William Purdie commented, "Now I have a locomotive that can outrun the railfans."
|Canadian Pacific No. 2839; Orange, Virginia; September 1979|
|Southern Railway No. 722; Springfield, Virginia; March 29, 1980|
|Allegheny Central 1238; Linden, Virginia; June 1981|
|Southern No. 2716; Culpeper, Virginia; July 1982|
|Southern Railway No. 4501; Amelia Court House, Virginia; August 1985|
|Norfolk & Western No. 611; Vicker, Virginia; September 1989|