Monday, July 06, 2015

Here Comes the 611!

The N&W J class 611 is a steam engine that is the only one of its kind left in existence.

It is one of 14 built between 1941 and 1950.

The newly restored engine is housed at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke. It has been making a few rounds on tracks in the state since it arrived here last month.

This weekend it, it made passenger runs from Roanoke to Lynchburg and back.

We went to Blue Ridge Saturday to see it come through. We were, actually, in "Webster," as the sign says, at the Webster Brick Plant.

Lots of folks with cameras were there to take photos. I don't know when I will ever get to see a steam engine run again, so I was glad we took this rare opportunity to see her chug along.


  1. how neat! are they still giving rides?

    1. I think if you check out the website I linked to, it gives an event list. However, there don't seem to be any more listed for July.

  2. What a great opportunity you had!


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