Fully restored and ready to go, Norfolk & Western’s J-611 has a heavy excursion schedule!
Railfans poured out in droves recently at a two day event in Roanoke, Virginia to see their one and only J-611 pile on the steam. Destinations this last May, 2016, included a 1/2 day trip to Lynchburg, Virginia over the Blue Ridge Grade and an afternoon trip to Walton.
The Walton trip included climbing the notoriously steep 1.3% 11 mile long Christiansburg grade!
The J-Class locomotives like #611 were routinely assigned to the railroad’s that had the fastest long distance passenger runs.
Let us know if you have ever seen this locomotive up close or have had the opportunity to ride on one of her excursions!