The Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Steam Passenger Locomotive —known affectionately as the Spirit of Roanoke—has returned to the Virginia Museum of Transportation after a successful excursion season!
The fundraising continues! Now our emphasis shifts to keeping 611 operational and protected for future generations. We anticipate beginning construction soon on her new home. Learn more and donate here...
IN ROANOKE, the Norfolk & Western Railway designed and built America's most advanced steam locomotives.
Enjoy the best of N&W steam, together for the first time in 50 years: N&W Class A 1218, Class J 611, and Class Y6a 2156 (on loan from the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis).
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!