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Digest: N&W 611 makes move to Strasburg

By David Lassen | May 25, 2021

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Streamlined steam locomotive
N&W No. 611, shown during earlier operations, has made the move to Pennsylvania’s Strasburg Rail Road. (Kevin Gilliam)

N&W 611 heads to Strasburg for lengthy stay

Its stoker repaired, Norfolk & Western Class J steam locomotive No. 611 made the move from the Virginia Museum of Transportation on Monday and is slated to begin operation at Pennsylvania’s Strasburg Rail Road this Saturday, May 29. For security reasons, the museum did not announce a schedule for the move, but WSLS-TV reports the locomotive passed through Danville, Va., Monday on its way north. Information on events including excursions, cab rides, hostling tours and cab tours are available at the Strasburg website. No. 611 is scheduled to remain at Strasburg through Oct. 3.

Virginia & Truckee season to begin Friday

Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee Railroad will begin its 2021 season on Friday, offering 35-minute round trips between Virginia City and Gold Hill. Seven round trips will operate daily, with the first departing at 10:30 a.m. and the last leaving at 4 p.m. Trains can be steam- or diesel-powered depending on availability. The season runs through October. For more information, visit the railroad website.

Ohio museum to reopen after lengthy closure, seeks new volunteers

The Conneaut, Ohio, Historic Railroad Musuem will reopen on Saturday, May 29, after remaining closed in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ashtabula Star-Beacon reports the museum, located in a Lake Shore & Michigan Southern depot built in 1900, will be open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., as well as on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Museum president Jeff Morrell says the museum is seeking volunteers to help with its current group of five to six, whose average age is in the mid-70s. Visit the museum’s Facebook page for more information.

5 thoughts on “Digest: N&W 611 makes move to Strasburg

  1. Why hide the whereabouts of 611? Are they afraid of bad press by the tree huggers or what?

  2. According to a May 20 update from VMT, 611 was due to leave Spencer NC when the stoker problem appeared. VMT credited Rowan Precision Machining of Salisbury NC for helping with the repair.

    It appears NS has done an excellent job of obfuscating 611’s whereabouts until it will magically appear in East Strasburg.

  3. The News Wire article about 611 moving to Strasburg said the famed engine “made the move from the Virginia Museum of Transportation on Monday.” However the linked WSLS-TV (Roanoke) article says the fan-favorite Class J left from the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C Monday (confirmed by railfan reports), where it was undergoing repairs. There does not appear to be a direct NS connection from NS Roanoke to NS Danville.

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