N&W 611 tickets still available for April

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Norfolk & Western No. 611
Kevin Gilliam
ROANOKE, Va. — Those looking to ride behind Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611 this year may still have the chance. Virginia Museum of Transportation Executive Director Bev Fitzpatrick tells Trains News Wire that while 80 and 90 percent of the museum’s Roanoke-based excursions on May 7-8, 2016 are sold out, there are still tickets remaining for the Greensboro, N.C., to Roanoke, Va., and return excursion on April 23-24.

Fitzpatrick says that April’s Saturday The Roanoker excursion is about 80 percent sold out, but Sunday’s excursion is only about 23 percent sold. The Saturday and Sunday trips will follow the Southern Railway mainline north from Greensboro, N.C., to Altavista, Va., before diverting west on the old Virginian Railway mainline to Roanoke. The excursions will layover briefly in Roanoke during the afternoon before making a return trip east to Greensboro on the same route. Tickets are still remaining in standard, deluxe, first class, dome class, and Chairman’s Class — an exclusive portion of the trainset that includes multiple meals and appetizers.

Other excursion tickets also remain for the 2016 season, including The American trips from Manassas, Va., to Front Royal, Va., and return on June 4-5. The 102-mile round-trip excursions will trace the original Southern Railway mainline through northern Virginia. Fitzpatrick says that Saturday’s trip is about 29 percent sold and Sunday’s excursion is nearly half sold at 44 percent occupancy.

More information on J-Class No. 611’s full operating season for 2016 is available online.

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