ROANOKE, Va. — Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611 is headed home to Roanoke this month. The J-Class steam engine will leave the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C., on Monday, Oct. 24 for a predawn journey to Roanoke on Norfolk Southern rails.
To celebrate the locomotive’s homecoming, the Virginia Museum of Transportation will open at 7 a.m. Museum officials say the locomotive should arrive between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Monday. It will be operating under its own power with a dead head consist.
Visitors will also be able to purchase a breakfast and lunch at the museum grounds and for an additional $25 and fans can climb in the cab of No. 611 and blow the whistle once it arrives at the museum.
The locomotive will be spending the rest of the year in Roanoke after a busy steam excursion season that led the locomotive across much of North Carolina and Virginia.