Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Norfolk & Western 611

Rectortown, Virginia 

Norfolk and Western's J class steam locomotives were built in the N&W shops in Roanoke, Virginia. Completed in 1950, 611 retired from revenue service in 1959 but was used occasionally for excursions until the early 1990s. The locomotive is owned by the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

This spring, the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina completed restoration of 611 and at the end of May, she steamed home to Roanoke. On June 6th, the newly restored 611 led its first excursion from Manassas, Virginia to Front Royal Virginia and back.

I caught 611 as she came through the small village of Rectortown on the morning of June 6 pulling a trainload of passengers for the first time in over 20 years.


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