Norfolk & Western Class J steam locomotive 611

611 Visits Strasburg – A Reunion of Steam

Available Dates:
  • Sept. 27-30, 2019*
  • Oct. 4-7, 2019*
  • Oct. 12-14, 2019*
  • Oct. 18-20, 2019*
  • Oct. 26-27, 2019
  • All Ages: $5.00 - $750.00
Pre-purchase online or by phone at 1-866-725-9666

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime steam train extravaganza as Strasburg Rail Road welcomes the iconic Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam passenger locomotive to join our own locomotive #475 for five weekends of special events including: whistle blowing, photo sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, family-themed events, and exclusive in-cab opportunities, where passengers can operate and fire the J Class 611 or Strasburg’s Class M #475.

Beauty & Brawn

The reunion event — the first these two historic locomotives have served together in a long time — offers a rare chance to see and explore the only Class ‘J’ passenger locomotive still in existence today. Her simple lines, bullet nose, and Tuscan red stripe make 611 stand out as one of the most beautiful streamlined steam locomotives ever designed.

The special events in September and October include:

  • September 27-30, October 4 & 18*: A Norfolk & Western Railway Steam Reunion
  • October 4-7: Railfan Photography Extravaganza with Lerro Productions
  • October 12-14*: Rail & Road: A Transportation Evolution
  • October 19-20 & 26-27: At the Throttle of Norfolk & Western Steam

* Parking fee may apply

Enjoy more fun around the station with the Fun Extras including: The Pint-Sized Pufferbelly (a vintage miniature steam train), and the hand-powered Cranky Cars for little ones.

Special thanks to our event partners:

Virginia Museum of Transportation
Lerro Productions
O. Winston Link Museum

A Word about Parking

During the 611 Event, a PARKING FEE will be assessed at the Gate for the  following event dates: September 27-30, October 4, October 12-14, and October 18. These dates for which a parking fee is assessed may expand if event days are added on either side of these respective weekends. The Parking Fee is assessed on the following basis, regardless of whether patrons are parking onsite or at remote parking locations provided by the Strasburg Rail Road:

  • $5.00 Parking Fee for any vehicle with advance event tickets (online or over the phone) purchased for that same date. All occupants in the vehicle will be granted property access for the day. The Parking Fee will be charged at the gate on the day of. Cash or credit card will be accepted.
  • $20.00 Parking Fee assessed for any vehicle for which no tickets were purchased for that respective event date. All occupants in the vehicle will be granted property access for the day, and one (1) voucher will be provided per vehicle valid for up to $15.00 toward the purchase of one (1) train ride or shuttle ride ticket. Voucher is not valid toward the purchase of Hostling Tour, Cab Tour, Shop Tour, Whistle Blow, or other event tickets not already specified. The Parking Fee will be charged at the gate on the day of. Cash or credit card will be accepted.

Event Merch!

We have a limited supply of event-specific souvenirs available for purchase through our gift shops. Remember this historic reunion of Norfolk & Western steam with a commemorative O-gauge boxcar or one-of-a-kind apparel. Mail order is available by calling 717-687-7687

Boxcar: $49.99  (Due unforeseen circumstances at the third-party production plant, the boxcars are delayed until mid-September. We are very sorry about the inconvenience.)
T-Shirts: S-XL = $19.99; XXL = $22.99; XXXL = $23.99
Hat: $19.99

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to see 611 on dates other than those for which events are scheduled?

611 has a very busy schedule, including needed time for maintenance and inspections. We cannot guarantee 611 will be outside except on the dates for which tickets are available for purchase. Furthermore, due to the industrial and freight operations that occur at the Strasburg Rail Road, and for the safety of our guests, there is no public admittance to our mechanical shop or railroad yard.

Can I add admission to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania?

Because of the nature of this 611 event, the Museum Add-on option is not available for any event-specific tickets. Individuals who have purchased event-specific tickets may purchase Museum admission separately at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s box office.

Can I walk on the property, rather than park onsite?

We strongly recommend pre-purchasing your event tickets and using the parking options provided by the Strasburg Rail Road. However, for individuals who do choose to walk onto the property during the 611 event, a $5.00 gate fee will be assessed on any date for which parking fees are  being assessed for vehicle access (see parking information above).