Built in Roanoke in 1950, the 611 is the only remaining Class J engine, considered the most advanced line of coal-fired steam locomotives ever built. The engine had been kept at the Virginia Museum of Transportation since 1962. In 2012, on occasion of the museum’s 50th anniversary, the 611 officially became part of the museum’s collection and now it is being restored to operating condition so it can pull passenger cars once more.


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