611 Returns to Steam

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After a year rebuilding, and 20 years as a museum piece, N&W 611 stormed back into steam in 2015. See 611 in 2015 and in 1950s exclusive historical footage.

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After a year rebuilding, and 20 years as a static museum display, N&W 611 stormed back into steam, and the public’s mind, in 2015. Crowds turned out to watch the J Class 4-8-4 as she took up the Queen of Steam mantle once again. Built by the N&W in Roanoke, the J Class was destined for greatness. In this program, we’ll see 611 and several of her sisters in 1950s historical footage. We’ll see 611 pulling the Powhatan Arrow. We’ll see her on her side and look at the wreck that probably saved her for later generation to marvel at and ride behind. And we’ll see 611 on excursion duty in 2015. This is a look at 70 years of N&W 611 history.

This program is licensed by the Virginia Museum of Transportation, owner of the 611. A portion of sales will be paid as a royalty to VMT and will go directly into the 611 Endowment Fund. Your purchase helps keep the 611 in steam!

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5 reviews for 611 Returns to Steam

  1. Ron

    N&W 611 is truly the queen of steam and one of the most valuable treasures from famed photographer O. Winston Link who purchased the 611 in 1959. Video however has no chapter selection as you have to watch the program in 1 chapter and 611 was NOT retired in 1993. In 1994, she teamed up with Frisco 1522 for the June 1994 NRHS Convention at Atlanta, Georgia. She also pulled the last runs of the Cincinnati railroad club before her last excursion run in December 1994 and was placed on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke who now owns the locomotive today. However since 2015, she has been restored to operating condition for the 3rd time and has thrilled fans around the world. Truly a great mechanical engineering landmark.

  2. Ben

    We see scenes from 611’s three careers in service. The overwhelming emphasis is on her excursions from 2015. There’s a couple of scenes from the 80’s/90’s and a lot of historic clips from her career on the Norfolk & Western in the 50’s a number in color. I was surprised to see color footage of the aftermath of the derailment that perhaps saved the 611 with her tender just in the river. I think it’s interesting to see a comparison study in the life of a historic steam locomotive!

  3. Steam King

    In some ways the sounds of 611 are better than what we see! The whistle coming through Mananas is wonderful and the chuff, chuff when she is working the grade at Shawsville is fantastic. I really appreciated the look back at 611 in the 1950s when she was on both regular passenger and freight duty. So many DVDs don’t feature any history- even when it is a historical locomotive like N&W 611.

  4. Ricky

    they thought that 611 was retired in 1993, but its wrong. In 1994 611 doubleheaded with Frisco 1522 to Atlanta.

  5. Arthur

    cool show nice 611 action

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