Norfolk & Western 611 Restoration

N&W 611 heading to North Carolina Transportation Museum Roundhouse

The Norfolk & Western Class J 611 is being prepared for its move to the North Carolina Transportation Museum and its long-awaited restoration. The anticipation has been building, and now all eyes are on Roanoke as crews ready the iconic locomotive for the big move.

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N&W 611, May 1992 Photo by Ron Flanary

The 611 will leave the Virginia Museum of Transportation’s Railyard on Saturday, May 24. She’ll spend a few days in Roanoke getting ready for the trip and then start the move to the 37 stall 1924 Julian Roadhouse in Spencer, North Carolina. N&W 611 is expected to arrive in Spencer on May 29 — just in time for the Streamliners Event at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. The Streamliners Event will run from May29-June 1, 2014.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is throwing an All Aboard party on Saturday, May 24! A full day of 611-related fun is also being planned.

The N&W 611 restoration is expected to take up to nine months, and there is a chance the restoration could take longer. To get the latest information on the 611 restoration, you can sign up for the Fire Up 611! e-newsletter for the latest updates and news.

The North Carolina Transportation Museum is located in the former Southern Railway’s Historic Spencer Shops.

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