Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611
On this date in 1950, one of the most iconic steam locomotives ever built rolled out of the Norfolk & Western East End shops in Roanoke, Virginia. The 611 sported the classic bullet nose and streamling with her famous tuscan stripe, 300 lbs. bolier pressure, 70 inch drivers and 80,000 lbs. of tractive effort exactly like her other 14 sisters.
The 611 served the N&W well until 1959 when she was retired from service. Between 1982 and 1994, she rolled off thousands and thousands of miles pulling excursions and making fans all over the world. In 2015, it was her time to shine again on the high iron under steam and reach a new generation of steam lovers!
Today we wanted to celebrate her 70th birthday in style and under steam but safety and the well being of the public is our number one priority. Stay tuned for plans later in the year and let's make the 611's 70th birthday year a special one!
We would like to thank all of our friends, donors, supporters, and crews for bringing the 611 back to life for a third time. We simply couldn't do it without you!
A special thanks goes out to the following for their assitance in this video: Norfolk Southern Corp, Virginia Museum of Transportation, N.C. Transportation Museum, Steam Operations Corporation, Strasburg Rail Road, Nashville Steam, Trains Magazine, Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, Atlantic Railways, Santa Fe 3751, Triangle's Train: New Hope Valley Railway, Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum, Fort Eustis Military Railway, Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, DeeDee Bruce, Cynthia Scruggs, Joey Kendrick, Erin Kendrick, Scotty Williamson, Colin Wiseley, Duane Leonard, Dick Cudd, and Brady Sanker