It is always amazing to hear this beauty start rolling!
Where else but North Carolina would be a better setting for the “Roanoker”? Making runs in and around Greensboro, N&W J-611 sounds off with her fully throated whistle to make chills run up and down your spine!
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.
With a weight of 494,000 lbs., her 27×32 inch cylinders turn her 70 inch driver wheels, she handles 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!