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Tours of Norfolk & Western 611 offered

By | April 17, 2023

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania offering tours through May 14

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Black streamlined steam locomotive with red trim
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is offering touris of N&W No. 611 through mid-May. Dan Cupper

STRASBURG, Pa. — The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Transportation, is offering specially designed tours of Norfolk & Western Class J 4-8-4 No. 611. The engine is currently stored at the Museum until it returns to its home base in Roanoke next month.

Now through May 14, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is offering 90-minute tours that discuss the history of No. 611, including how and why it was saved, an in-depth look at its restoration to operating condition, the impact it has on the railroading community and how it has become an ambassador of steam in partnership with various railroad museums and tourist railroads.

Also included is a tour of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania restoration shop. The 611 tour is offered Wednesday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. It is limited to 12 persons ages 12 and over. The cost per person per tour is $25.00, in addition to regular Museum admission.

Visitors may call 717-687-8628, extension 3003, to book tickets or purchase them when they arrive at the admissions desk. Tour goers are advised to wear safe shoes and otherwise dress accordingly for the outdoor yard and restoration shop.

No. 611 was constructed by the Norfolk & Western at its Roanoke Shops in 1950, one of 14 Class J 4-8-4s built for passenger service. It is the sole surviving Class J. The locomotive is on exhibit at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania until May 14 in collaboration with its owner, the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

5 thoughts on “Tours of Norfolk & Western 611 offered

  1. Any chance in the new PSR-style NS allowing the 611 the operate mainline steam excursions in the future?

  2. Why aren’t #611 and #1218 still doing excursions rather than being in static display
    in Roanoke ??? Unable to pass mandated FRA’s tests ?

    Bill Grant

  3. Norfolk & Western Class J 4-8-4 No. 611 should meet her Southern Pacific counterpart Lima Daylight 4-8-4 No. 4449! These two ladies are Railway Steam Locomotive Queens of the East and West respectively, of the United States of America.

    1. While at Strasburg, 611 has been less than 100 rail miles from RBMN (RDG) 2102 in Port Clinton but they did not come together. Both have operated in the last year,

  4. Strasburg Rail Road is offering “611 Experiences” the week-ends of May 19-21 and May 26-29.

    There will be “In Cab Experiences” May 19 and 26 and she will pull excurdion trains May 20-21 and May 27-29. May 29 will be 611’s 73rd birthday: she was completed at N&W’s East End Shops in Roanoke May 29, 1950.

    Here’s SRC’s website:

    NOTE: A significant portion of the proceeds benefits the Virginia Museum of Transportation as they continue its mission to operate, preserve, and maintain the Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611.

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