611 In-Cab Experiences

Available Dates:
  • May 21, 2021
  • June 4, 2021
  • July 9, 2021
  • July 23, 2021
  • September 3, 2021
  • Adult (18+): $611(Engineer's Seat)
  • Adult (18+): $305.50(Fireman's Seat)
  • Adult (18+): $100(Jump Seat)

In-Cab Experiences operate rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges. 

Pre-purchase online or by phone at 1-866-725-9666

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.


EXCLUSIVELY on May 21, June 4, July 9, July 23, and September 3. 

The Strasburg Rail Road and Virginia Museum of Transportation are providing unique In-Cab opportunities that are immersive, hands-on experiences like no other. Choose between the hand-on-the-throttle ENGINEER’S SEAT, the FIREMAN’S SEAT, or the JUMP SEAT to create the memory of a lifetime!

Engineer Seat: This 30-minute experience puts you in control of the rails of America’s oldest operating railroad. You’ll receive an orientation to the controls and then you’ll be off, taking direction from a certified steam locomotive engineer.

Fireman’s Seat: This rare 30-minute experience provides the opportunity to serve as a locomotive fireman and will give you a glimpse of what it takes to keep the pressure up. After a short orientation, you will get to follow the instructions of an experienced steam locomotive fireman to see if you have what it takes!

Jump Seat: Sit and relax for 30 minutes in the cab and experience the sounds and smells of the engine while the art of steam locomotive operation unfolds before your eyes!