It is always amazing to hear this beauty start rolling!
In what can only be called a fantastic display of power, Norfolk & Western J611 runs as smooth as any steam engine can! The motion of her driving rods slowly gaining momentum is truly amazing with the sound of the steam gushing out of her pistons.
The sound of the whistle and multiple camera angles gives you a sense that you are actually on board!
You can hear her strain as she flexes her muscles at maximum steam pressure. A powerful machine, the J 611 boiler is rated at 300 psi. and could pull 15 cars at 110 miles per hour!
With a weight of 494,000 lbs., her 27×32 inch cylinders turn her 70 inch driver wheels, she handles these grades, no problem!
Originally built for $251,000 in 1950 by N & W employees, her complete restoration costs ran upwards of $3,500,000 when finished.
Let us know if you have ever seen this magnificent machine rolling down the tracks. We would love to hear your comments!