Keeping Steam on the mainline Ian Whaley

An Historical Photo of the Norfolk and Western J Class number 611 Pulling the Powhatan Arrow Crack Passenger train through Roanoke, VA sometime during the 1950's.

N&W Roanoke Built Y Class Locomotives unfortunately meeting the scrappers torch in the 1970's, therefore preventing future generations from being able to see their raw power and sheer size on the mainline.

N&W J Class number 611 waits for her time to run again on the mainline while on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Although preserved, the 611 was not operational during this 21 year period, so the general public did not have the opportunity to see the 611 on the mainline.

Thousands of spectators line the tracks during May of 2015 as the N&W 611 makes her triumphant return to steam, and travels to her former home of Roanoke, VA. With the restoration complete, a future generation has been given the experience of seeing a locomotive under steam on the mainline once again.


Created with images by Slideshow Bruce - "culpepper va"

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