I was on this train and we were 3 hrs late coming back home! Man what an adventure. Had trouble getting onto the N&W tracks at the Wye in the morning, (too much weight so she had to push us back further before she could make the switch up the grade. Power went out on the train on the way to Petersburg, then the power went out along the mainline because of a tree falling on the tracks causing another delay, another delay was that the train crew had to radio ahead at each signal before we could proceed. On the way back we had trouble again on the Wye in Petersburg, again, too much weight for her to pull that slowly around the sharp curve going up grade. so they decided to back into the Wye then come around and let the grade down hill help us along with the slow speed she had to make. on the way the power went out again, this time the generator car ran out of gas, so no a/c no lights and it was getting dark, next went through a thunderstorm, it cooled down the train a little but we were roasting in our dome car by the time we got back to Lynchburg and we had to wait for a train to pass before we could get into the Wye and return to the yard to deboard. I think I would do it again if I had the chance!
You shared the video of our return so I shared our adventure aboard the train, thanks for sharing!
I was hoping someone got a video of us coming back!