- April 23 & 24, 2016 - The Roanoker, Greensboro, N.C. to Roanoke, Va.
- May 7 & 8, 2016 - The Powhatan Arrow, Roanoke, Va., to Lynchburg, Va.
- May 7 & 8, 2016 - The Pelican, Roanoke, Va., to Walton (Radford), Va.
- June 4 & 5, 2016 - The American, Manassas, Va., to Front Royal, Va.
Tickets are on sale NOW! For excursion information and to buy tickets, visit www.FireUp611.org.
Class J 611 schedule for April 23-24
Mileposts are Norfolk Southern track mileposts and we are very grateful to NS for allowing 611 to run excursions this year. As the train progresses, we will post updates on our Facebook page and on Twitter. Follow us on Twitter @fireup611. Unpredictable delays are expected.
7:00 AM Depart Greensboro, milepost 287
7:45 AM Reidsville, milepost 260
8:40 AM Danville, milepost 236
9:30 AM Gretna, milepost 208
10:00 AM Hurt, milepost 197
10:25 AM Huddleston, milepost V-210
11:15 AM Goodview, milepost V-227
12:00 PM Roanoke
3:00 PM Depart Roanoke
3:45 PM Goodview, milepost V-227
4:35 PM Huddleston, milepost V-210
5:00 PM Hurt, milepost 197
5:30 PM Gretna, milepost 208
6:20 PM Danville, milepost 236
7:15 PM Reidsville, milepost 260
8:00 PM Greensboro, milepost 287
Class J 611 returns to the VMT on April 26 (approximate)
This spring and summer, 611 will be pulling excursions and traveling for special appearances at the North Carolina Transportation Museum and elsewhere.
Where is 611?
Saturday, May 14
The VMT'S ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS RAIL!
611 will be in the Rail Yard at the Virginia Museum of Transportation under steam. It will be a great chance to get close to the locomotive and get pictures. The 611 crew will also be on hand. Also see the Class A 1218 and Class Y6a 2156 (on loan from the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri) which, along with the Class J 611, make up the N&W Big Three. The day will include diesel train rides hosted by the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, model train displays by the Roanoke Valley Model Engineers, and fun activities for the whole family!
Safety Car Theatre: Now showing "Going Home"
"Going Home," is a documentary produced by Norfolk Southern (1983) about the N&W Class J 611. Watch the 611 being built in the Roanoke Shops, restored for excursion service in 1982, and running under her own steam. Learn why this important engine is the Pride of Roanoke! (run time: 21 minutes, suitable for all ages.) Monday - Saturday showtimes: 11:15 am and 2:30 pm. Sunday showtimes: 2 pm. Showtimes subject to change. The safety car has a narrow hallway and is not wheelchair accessible.
Rail Yard Restoration Projects
The Museum has begun the cosmetic restoration of several pieces of rail equipment. The following are not on display, or may be intermittently closed, while work is in progress:
- N&W M-1 Railway Post Office Car
- Southern Pullman Sleeping Car "Lake Pearl" # 2422
- Pennsylvania Railroad GE GG-1 #4919
Roanoke Valley Model Engineers
The Roanoke Valley Model Engineers' ON3, HO, and N scale layouts are located in the basement of the Museum. The entrance is on the back of the Museum just off the Rail Walk and around the corner from the Jupiter Rocket. To drive to the back of the Museum, take Salem Avenue to 1-1/2 Street at Warehouse Row, turn left and head under the 2nd Street bridge to the back of the Museum. The Club's layouts are down the stairs. For more information...
International Plastic Modelers' Society, Roanoke Valley Chapter
Second and Fourth Thursdays, 7pm
The Chapter hosts builds and business meetings each month, as well as compteing in area shows. The entrance is on the back of the Museum just off the Rail Walk and around the corner from the Jupiter Rocket. To drive to the back of the Museum, take Salem Avenue to 1-1/2 Street at Warehouse Row, turn left and head under the 2nd Street bridge to the back of the Museum. The meeting room is up the stairs. For information, email Tim Ward, Chapter President.