VIDEO: Norfolk & Western 611 steam test: All systems go

Trains Industry Newsletter
Get a weekly roundup of the industry news you need.
By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine. View our privacy policy.
Steam crew members help with the Tuesday test while a GP30 in the Spencer museum's collection sits nearby.
Ben Earp
SPENCER, N.C. – Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611 is in the home stretch of its restoration after a successful test fire Tuesday at the North Carolina Transportation Museum, where its 1,472-day inspection and repairs began last May 29.

The locomotive was fired all day and achieved its maximum working boiler pressure of 300 psi. The crew opened the throttle to blow out the ports on the pistons and valves and took the opportunity to celebrate by blowing a Class J Hancock three-chime long-bell whistle. A few minor pipefitting leaks were noted, but otherwise the steam test was a success. The safety valves will be set at the next fire up. Meanwhile the tender is getting painting and lettering.

“We’re ready for insulation next,” Fire Up 611! Chief Mechanical Officer Scott Lindsay tells Trains News Wire. “The test was a success from every aspect.”

The locomotive will mark its 65th birthday next month. It is expected that the locomotive will return under its own power to its home at the Virginia Museum of Transportation and pull excursions on Norfolk Southern in 2015, although a timetable for this and a schedule have not been set.

Restoration work on No. 611 began in June 2014. Trains Magazine will provide comprehensive coverage of the return to steam with a special magazine, 611 in Steam, available in July and with a DVD available in October, as well as online with Trains News Wire and in regular issues.

NEWSWIRETrains News Wire

  • Previous Day
  • April 01, 2015
  • Next Day
Leave a Comment
Want to leave a comment?
Only registered members of are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
Please keep your feedback on-topic and respectful. Trains staffers reserve the right to edit or delete any comments.


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy
Subscribe Up To 54% off the newsstand price!
Subscribe To Trains Mag Today