Class J 611 Concludes 2021 Operations

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc. and Strasburg Rail Road Company announce the conclusion of scheduled 2021 operations for the former Norfolk and Western Class J #611.

Appearing at the Strasburg Rail Road for the second time since 2019, the engine drew thousands of visitors and rail fans from near and far.

“It’s been an honor to host 611 at the Strasburg Rail Road again, and it’s been a privilege for tens-of-thousands of our guests to experience such a significant locomotive right here in the midst of beautiful Lancaster County,” said Steve Barrall, Vice President of Guest Experience at the Strasburg Rail Road Co.

“The Museum’s partnership with Strasburg Rail Road Company has worked exceptionally well. We are thrilled to have an opportunity to operate 611 and continue the heritage of steam railroading for new generations to experience,” said Will Harris, President of Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc.

Class J #611 will remain at Strasburg Rail Road Company through the winter where the locomotive will undergo annual inspection and preventative maintenance, including a planned inspection of the boiler’s flexible staybolts and caps, as required by the Federal Railroad Administration’s regulations.

The Norfolk & Western 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.

Announcements regarding future 611 operations will be published through official channels when appropriate.

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Virginia Museum of Transportation: The mission of the Virginia Museum of Transportation is to advance all modes of transportation across the Commonwealth, to celebrate and preserve the hard work and ingenuity of generations past, and to inspire current and future generations to value this industry which is essential to Virginia’s history,

culture, and economic growth. Located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. For more information about the Virginia Museum of Transportation: https://www.vmt.org

Strasburg Rail Company: Established on June 9,1832, the Strasburg Rail Road is America’s oldest operating railroad and home to the Norfolk and Western Class M 475. As one of Pennsylvania’s leading family attractions, it is home to museum-quality, working, turn-of-the century steam locomotives, freight cars, dining cars, and one of the largest fleets of historic wooden passenger cars in the world. For more information on Strasburg Rail Road, visit www.https://www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.

Contact: Mendy Flynn

Deputy Director Virginia Museum of Transportation mflynn@vmt.org

Liv Carberry Marketing Manager Strasburg Rail Road liv.carberry@strasburgrailroad.com

 

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