• 611 at Strasburg: The Return of an American Icon

    Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc. and the Strasburg Rail Road Company is pleased to announce that the famous Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam passenger locomotive will again head to Pennsylvania’s Amish Country in […]

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  • Events

    VMT hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Stay tuned for more fun in 2021! Follow our events page here:  Events

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  • Air

    The Wings Over Aviation Gallery features a hands-on way to explore Virginia’s aviation heritage. More than 20 exhibits provide a wide spectrum of technology, early and modern aviation and more.

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  • Road

    VMT presents a history of automotive with a gallery ranging from hand and horse drawn to modern high powered cars and trucks. Featuring dozens of vehicles spanning classics to lesser known rarities from Virginia’s own […]

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  • Rail

    The Virginia Museum of Transportation has one of the finest rail collectionsin the United States. More than 50 exhibits provide a broad view of Virginia’s rich railway heritage. To see more on our rail collections […]

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The N&W J-Class 611

Roanoke Born. Roanoke Bred. Roanoke Proud.

The Norfolk & Western Class J 611, a National Historic Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is known as an engineering powerhouse of steam, technology, and near mechanical perfection.  Click here to read more..

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  • Update to 611’s Stoker Issue – Repairs Underway

    As VMT leadership previously announced, 611 was near ready to depart Spencer, NC on Monday morning when the fireman discovered that the stoker screw was not moving.  The engine’s mechanical crew immediately began troubleshooting the issue and discovered […]

     
  • Virginia Museum of Transportation announces delay to 611’s Arrival in Strasburg

    After careful deliberation, VMT leadership has made the decision to temporarily delay 611’s arrival to Strasburg Rail Road.   As the crew worked to make the engine ready for the move, a malfunction was discovered […]

     
  • 611 at Strasburg: The Return of an American Icon

    Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc. and the Strasburg Rail Road Company is pleased to announce that the famous Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam passenger locomotive will again head to Pennsylvania’s Amish Country in […]

     
  • Moving up the track…

    In the past few weeks there has been many work sessions and a frenzy of activity surrounding the Norfolk & Western 611 Class J and the consist. The tender and water car have been de-winterized […]

     
  • Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611 Experiences

    The Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611 is back! We’re kicking off the 2021 season with a full weekend of events at the N.C. Transportation Museum, operated in partnership with the Virginia Museum of […]

     
  • 611 full steam ahead!

    We’re steaming into 2021, with the North Carolina Museum of Transportation,  Virginia Museum of Transportation and the Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611! Mark your calendars for April 30-May 2, and stay tuned for details!

     
  • The Crew is working hard!

    March 18, 2021 – For the past two weekends, we have had a hard-working crewing cleaning the Norfolk & Western 611 Class J tender and drawbar, polishing lights, doing maintenance work on the coal gondolas, […]

     
  • Work session planned for N&W Class J 611

    Good News! Another work weekend for the N&W Class J 611 in Spencer, North Carolina. This upcoming weekend, we will provide continued care and upkeep on the 611 Locomotive. We also will be performing maintenance […]

     
  • All things 611

    Hello and Welcome to All Things 611

    All Things 611 is the Virginia Museum of Transportation’s (VMT) Point of Information on all things about our beloved asset the N&W Class J 611. We are very grateful of our partnership with the North […]

     
  • Events

    VMT hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Stay tuned for more fun in 2021! Follow our events page here:  Events