The Virginia Museum of Transportation announces that the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Steam Passenger Locomotive—known affectionately as the Spirit of Roanoke—will thunder home to Roanoke on Saturday, May 30! Public excursions will run in June and July and tickets are selling fast! For the schedule, tickets, and more information about Homecoming events, visit! This moment would not have been possible without the support from the more than 3,000 donors around the world. Thank you!

The fundraising continues! Now our emphasis shifts to keeping 611 operational and protected for future generations. We anticipate breaking ground soon on her new home, a preservation and education facility at the Museum that will be home to 611, the N&W Class A 1218, and the N&W Class Y6a 2156 when she is here on loan from the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis. Learn more and donate here...

IN ROANOKE, the Norfolk & Western Railway designed and built America's most advanced steam locomotives.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation's outstanding rail collection includes the only remaining examples of the N&W's legendary success: the N&W Class A 1218 and the Class J 611.

In our Rail Yard, explore historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, and other rail equipment as modern trains rumble past. Inside the Museum, enjoy model trains and hands-on exhibits, stroll among our antique automobiles, and explore our truck, bus, and aviation exhibits!