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The Norfolk & Western Class J 611, a National Historic Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is known as an engineering powerhouse of steam, technology, and near mechanical perfection. The N&W Class J 611 is the sole survivor of 14 Class J steam locomotives designed and built by the Norfolk & Western Railway. The locomotive rolled out of Roanoke’s East End Shops in 1950. Its mission was to pull the Powhatan Arrow, a 15-car passenger train, from Norfolk, Virginia, to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Since November 2021, N&W 611 has been idle as she has undergone extensive boiler work in the Strasburg Rail Road shops. Before the year is done, the Strasburg Rail Road is pleased to partner once again with VMT to host the “Queen of Steam” on the road to Paradise!

September 30 – November 13, 2022

Three special experiences for a limited time only:
In-Cab Experiences: September 30 – October 2
Stationary Cab Tours: October 7 – 9
Photo Shoot hosted by Pete Lerro
: November 9 – 10 (Nighttime, Afternoon Sunset, or Morning Sunrise sessions)
Excursion Rides: November 11 – 13 (First Class, Dining, or Coach Class train rides)

A portion of proceeds from these events benefit the Virginia Museum of Transportation and support the preservation and maintenance of the Norfolk and Western Class J No. 611.

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