Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Restoration
Anticipated completion in Spring 2015
611 has moved to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC for a complete restoration, thanks to support from Norfolk Southern and many donors worldwide. Her fans are invited to visit the NCTM and watch the progress! Behind the scenes tours are offered Fridays through Sundays. Once completed, 611 will return to its home here at the Virginia Museum of Transportation and begin pulling excursions in Spring 2015. Dates, destinations, and ticket prices will be announced in early 2015. For more information, visit Fire Up 611!
Candy Cane Express
Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7
A fun and affordable, family-friendly holiday event! Train rides, crafts, SANTA! and special activities.
"J"ingle Bell Bus Trip to Visit 611
Thursday, December 11
$50 for Museum Members and $55 for non-members, including infants
Join us for the ‘J'ingle Bell Bus Trip to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC, for an up-close tour of the restoration of the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Steam Passenger Locomotive on Thursday, December 11. The day trip includes charter bus transportation to and from the North Carolina Transportation Museum, a box lunch, admission to the North Carolina Transportation Museum, a train ride on the NCTM’s grounds, and a presentation and tour of 611’s restoration by a member of the Fire Up 611! Committee. Participants will be allowed in the restoration bay and will meet the mechanical team. Pictures are encouraged!
The charter bus will board at the Virginia Museum of Transportation beginning at 7 am with departure promptly at 7:30 am, and will return the same day by 6 pm. Paid parking is available in the lot in front of the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Unfortunately, the bus is not handicap accessible. Travel time to Spencer is approximately 2.5 hours. Three options are available for lunch, no substitutions. Participants may bring a lunch but the ticket price remains the same.
Limited seats are available, and children under the age of 18 are required to travel with an adult. Register online, or download a form to return by mail or in person to the Museum's front desk. Questions? Contact Courtney Plaster.
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.