Norfolk & Western 611 steam locomotive coming to Strasburg Rail Road

Norfolk & Western J Class 611 steam locomotive is shown at the Leeds Manor Road grade crossing in Marshall, Va., on June 7th, 2015. Strasburg Rail Road will host the famous Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam passenger locomotive in September and October 2019. (Photo by Fan Railer, English Wikipedia, on Wikimedia Commons)

Lancaster County railfans will have opportunities to see, ride and even fire up a rare steam locomotive across four weekends in Strasburg this fall.

The Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam passenger locomotive will first arrive at Strasburg Rail Road from the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia, on Sept. 28, according to a news release announcing the string of events.

It will “reunite” with fellow Norfolk & Western locomotive Class M #475, which has been in operation in Strasburg since 1993. It is the only 4-8-0 class locomotive in operation in North America, according to the Strasburg Rail Road.

The visiting locomotive, the Class J 611, is one of 14 such engines ever built, according to the Virginia Museum of Transportation, and the only one of the models still in existence.

Ticketing information is available here.

“Reuniting 475 and 611 is a rare opportunity for railfans and heritage railroad tourists alike,” said Steve Barrall, station master at Strasburg Rail Road, in the news release.

“When the two locomotives are side-by-side, you will see, hear, and feel how the Norfolk & Western Railway revolutionized steam technology in under 50 years,” he added.

The special events at the Strasburg Rail Road include:

  • September 27-30: A Norfolk & Western Railway Steam Reunion
  • October 4-7: Railfan Photography Extravaganza
  • October 12-14: Rail & Road: A Transportation Evolution
  • October 19-20, October 26-27: At the Throttle of Norfolk & Western Steam

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