N & W J Class #611 Blue Ridge Special
Norfolk & Western’s J Class #611 Excursion
Norfolk & Western’s J Class #611 is a sleek, streamlined passenger locomotive that is on par with her cousin, SP4449.
Seen here hauling the Virginian and Blue Ridge Special excursions, the J 611 is accompanied by the Norfolk Southern ES44AC #8099 and the Southern Railway F unit FP7 #6133.
A powerful locomotive, 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.
N & W J Class #611 was originally built for $251,000 in 1950 by N & W employees.
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
- 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!