No. 611 summer steam excursions half sold within 24 hours

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No. 611 on a 1993 trip at Arrowhead, Va.
Alex Mayes
ROANOKE, Va. – The Virginia Museum of Transportation and its summer tour of steam-powered excursions featuring N&W J-Class No. 611 are already halfway sold out on Thursday morning. Ticket sales went live on the museum’s Fire Up 611! website Wednesday morning, advertising excursion trips from Manassas, Lynchburg, and Roanoke in June and July.

“Ticket sales are not only where we expected them to be, but slightly beyond our projections,” says Peg McGuire, the museum’s marketing manager.

The museum and its team of ticketing agents have processed orders from all over the U.S. and internationally from Japan, Italy, Germany, and Russia since Wednesday morning. Tickets are still remaining in each of the excursion trips offered, but phone calls and reservations continue non-stop into Thursday.

“Standard coach and deluxe coach have been the fastest selling tickets so far,” McGuire adds. On Thursday, standard coach tickets were already sold out on the Manassas to Front Royal excursions on both June 6 and 7. Standard coach tickets were also sold out the following weekend on excursions operating to Petersburg from Lynchburg on June 13 and 14. Deluxe coach and premium and first class seating was still available on all trips as of Thursday at Noon. Additionally, coach and deluxe coach seats were still remaining for the July 3-5 excursions originating out of Roanoke.

N&W J-Class No. 611 will return to Roanoke on a special initiation-only excursion from Spencer, N.C. later this month. A welcome home celebration is scheduled at the Virginia Museum of Transportation that will include a plethora of activities and unique access to the No. 611.

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Trains Magazine will cover No. 611 with its live streaming webcam, a feature in the August issue, and a special 76-page magazine, 611 in Steam, and a companion DVD by the same name, available in July and October, respectively.

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