And now for something completely different. An old OC that's based off of a famous steam locomotive.
Norfolk is one of the famous steam locomotives operating outside of Roanoke, Virginia. She is a former Norfolk and Western Class A #1218, built in 1943 at the Roanoke Shops for mainline freight service. From 1943 to 1959, the mighty Class A hauled fast freights, heavy coal trains and heavy passenger trains before being purchased by Union Carbide in Charleston, West Virginia, along with 2 other N&W Class As as a stationary boiler, which she didn't like one bit. In 1965, Steamtown USA's founder F Nelson Blount purchased Norfolk for static display and was taken to her new home in Bellows Falls, Vermont. She was moved again, after a cosmetic restoration at the Roanoke Shops, to Wasena Park in Roanoke, where she remained there until 1985, the year that changed everything. On National Train Day of that year, Norfolk was moved from the park and was taken to the Irondale Steam Shop in Alabama for a 2 year overhaul for use in Norfolk Southern's Steam Program, and in 1987 she moved under her own power for the first time in 28 years. From 1987 to 1991, the mighty Class A hauled dozens of excursions and even a few triple headers with her boyfriend Jerry (Norfolk and Western 611) before she went back to Irondale for a extensive overhaul. Sadly, she didn't return to steam when she came back to Roanoke, for the steam program was canceled, dashing Norfolk's dreams of hauling more trains while on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. In 2015, prior to her boyfriend Jerry's return to steam, the West Virginia and Vermont Rail Corp bought Norfolk for use on high speed freight and coal train duties on former N&W tracks and was given a complete overhaul in New York City. Now she's seen hauling fast freight on the WV&VRC's old N&W lines, and often can be seen hauling excursion trains with her sweetheart Jerry, who's partly owned by the Fire Up 611 group.
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