J 611 Black Beauty
Polished and shaped like a black bullet with maroon stripes, she is clearly one of the best surviving passenger “streamliners”.
Caught on an excursion from Roanoke,VA to Spencer, NC, Norfolk & Western’s J611 class Northern locomotive was in good company with the Golden State class Southern Pacific Railroads beautiful #4449 streamliner.
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 Roanoke Shops
- build date: 1950
- Wheel alignment: 4-8-4 Northern Class
- 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!