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N&W 611 to Appear in North Carolina in November

September 19, 2019

The North Carolina Transportation Museum announced this week that it will offer several events later this year featuring Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611.

Among the events to be offered will be cab tours, night photo shoots, caboose rides pulled by the 611, and hand on the throttle sessions.

The events will held Nov. 1-3. at the museum in Spencer, North Carolina.

The 611 will travel to North Carolina after it completes a series of excursions and other events that begin later this month at the Strasburg Rail Road in Pennsylvania.

Tickets for the one hour VIP tour will include a presentation on the 611’s recent operations, a visit to the cab and a chance to blow the whistle.

The throttle time sessions will cost $611 and allow ticket holders to operate the 611 under the supervision of a qualified engineer for a half hour.

For $305.11 a ticket hold can work as a fireman including sitting in the fireman’s seat.

For $100, a ticket holder can ride for a half hour in the jump seat of the 611.

During these half-hour events, the 611 will pull a N&W caboose on the museum grounds.

Visitors can ride in the caboose for $10 plus museum admission.

The night photo shoot will held on Nov. 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the 611 posed at the Bob Julian Roundhouse.

Tickets for the photo shot are $30 per person.

Event times and tickets are available at

N&W 611 Makes Ferry Move to North Carolina

January 7, 2017

The first trip under steam of 2017 of Norfolk & Western No. 611 occurred on Friday when the J class locomotive left Roanoke, Virginia, for North Carolina.

Fire up 611The 4-8-4 left the home of its owner, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, to travel to the North Carolina transportation Museum for overhaul work.

No. 611 is scheduled to pull public excursions over Norfolk Southern tracks in April and May in North Carolina and Virginia.

The ferry move followed the former Virginian Railway to a connection at Hurt, Virginia, to a former Southern Railway route.

The consist of the train included an auxiliary water car, two tool cars, and a gondola.

The April trips will depart from the North Carolina cities of Spencer and Greensboro while the May excursions will depart from the Virginia cities of Lynchburg and Roanoke. Tickets will go on sale at noon on Jan. 12 at