Going In Style With N&W J-611 !
Norfolk & Western’s J-611 “Queen of Steam”!
J-611 put on a show for all during an excursion run from Spencer, North Carolina to Chatham, Virginia.
The only thing smoother than the locomotive itself it her throaty whistle!
Polished and shaped like a black bullet with maroon stripes, she is clearly one of the best surviving passenger “streamliners”.
A powerful machine, the J 611 boiler is rated at 300 psi. and could pull 15 cars at 110 miles per hour!
Some quick facts about Norfolk and Western’s J-Class #611
- Manufacturer: Norfolk and Western Roanoake Shops
- build date: 1950
- Wheel alignment: 4-8-4
- Drivers: 70 inches
- Locomotive and tender weight combined: 872,600 lbs
- Maximum speed: 110 MPH
Let us know if you have ever seen this magnificent machine rolling down the tracks. We would love to hear your comments!