Norfolk and Western #611 is a 4-8-4 J class steam locomotive. She has 70 inch diameter driving wheels, is capable of 80,000 pounds of tractive effort and is the only surviving example of 14 Class J's built by N&W.
611 was built in May 1950 by the Roanoke Shops in Roanoke, Virginia and was retired in 1959 (as one of the last steam locomotives to be retired by any US or North American Class 1 railroad). 611 has been in two derailments total. During her service with the N&W, an engineer ran her at excessive speeds while pulling the Pochahontas around a bend in the Tug River outside Cedar, West Virginia. 611 suffered only minor damage was repaired shortly and returned to service. It was restored and returned to service in 1982, operating until 1994 on its final run day of December 7, 1994. On May 18, 1986, one of the passenger cars being hauled by 611 on an employee special got caught in a switch and derailed outside Great Dismal Swamp, Virginia. 12 cars derailed, and blocked the line for a good amount of time. 611 again only took minor damage and was soon repaired. The locomotive was finally retired from excursion service one month after a major derailment (not involving 611) in a yard which heavily damaged several excursion cars. In October, 1994, the steam program was canceled. 611's last run was December 7, 1994, on the 53rd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor explosions. It was on display at the Museum of Transportation from 1995 to 2014. 611 returned to service on May 23, 2015 and made it's first test run and movement under her own power for the first time in 21 years.
611 Double Heading With Savannah & Atlanta 750 On The First Trip Of The 1983 NRHS Convention Held In Richmond, Virgina On July 17th. Ironically, The First Trip Is From Alexandria To Richmond.
611 On A Round Trip From Richmond To Balcony Falls, Virgina On July 21st, 1983. This Was The Second Of Five Trips Operated At The NRHS Convention.
611 Pulling The 1983 IndependenceLimited From Richmond, Virginia To Chicago On July 27th. The Train's Location Is Arcadia, Ohio On The Nickel Plate Main Line, With The Day's Journey Being From Portsmouth, OH To Fort Wayne, Indiana.
611 Departing Chicago On A Round Trip To Sterling, Illinois On August 6th, 1983.
611 Passing Noble Street Tower In Chicago On August 6th, 1983.
611 Pulling A Freight Train From Columbus To Portsmouth, Ohio On September 4th, 1983.
611 & NKP 765 In Bellevue, Ohio On August 19th, 1984. 611 Was On A Round Trip From Columbus & 765 Was Added At Bellevue. Both Engines Are Heading To The NRHS Convention In Cincinnati.
611 Double Heading With Nickel Plate 765 From Bellevue To Columbus Ohio On August 19th, 1984. The Train Is Actually A Round Trip From Columbus, With 765 Being Added At Bellevue. The Two Are On Their Way To The 1984 NRHS Convention In Cincinnati.
611 Crossing Lake Cumberland Trestle At Burnside, Kentucky During A Rain Storm In October 1984.
No. 611 Doubleheading With NKP 587 On June 17, 1989. The Engines Are Pulling The IndependenceLimited From Cleveland To Roanoke, With 587 Being Added At Bellevue And Leading The Train To Muncie Indiana.
611 & NKP 587 On The N&W's Peavine Line From Cincinnati To Portsmouth, Ohio On June 18th, 1989. The Two Engines Are Still Pulling The IndependenceLimited, With 611 In The Lead For The Rest Of The Trip.
611 Pulling The Second Leg Of The 1993 IndependenceLimited From Richlands, Virginia To Fort Wayne, Indiana On July 18th. The Train's Current Location Is Cedar Bluff, Virgina On Its Way To Portsmouth Ohio.