Fire Up No. 611 ... live!

Trains magazine will live stream excursions with famed Norfolk & Western Class J 4-8-4 No. 611 on July 3 and July 5. We'll try for two great run-bys on the morning excursions from Roanoke, Va., to Lynchburg, Va., via Blue Ridge grade and again in the afternoon, when the locomotive tackles the iconic Christiansburg grade between Roanoke and Walton Junction. This is the grand finale of No. 611's triumphant 2015 return, so don't miss it! Watch it live with Trains!

Get detailed coverage of the 611's restoration - including history, news, photos and more - in this special issue.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation and the Fire Up 611! Committee are near the completion of the restoration of famed Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611. The streamlined Class J locomotive, which operated from 1950 to 1959 on N&W’s named passenger trains and again on Norfolk Southern excursions, 1982-1994, has been under restoration since last June at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. We're offering live video coverage of the 611's return to steam, including a test run from Spencer to Greensboro, N.C. on Thursday, May 21, a send-off event and throttle time on Saturday, May 23, and the locomotive's return home to Roanoke, Va., on May 30. 

Trains also will cover the return to steam with a special magazine, 611 in Steam, available in July, and a DVD available in October. You can stay up to date on all things 611, including the latest news, historical photos, and more, here.

Ben Earp
We're looking at Norfolk & Western No. 611's tender, primed for paint and ready inside the Robert Julian Roundhouse at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C., as of Jan. 18, 2015.
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