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OPPOSITE: Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611 wraps up a day of photo runbys with a night portrait at the North Carolina Transportation Museum on May 28, 2015. MICHAEL RUJAK PHOTO LEFT: No. 611 meets No. 911. As part of the photo event, the J-class steam locomotive met Norfolk Southern’s SD60E dedicated to first responders. KEVIN GILLIAM PHOTO CENTER: The morning runbys featured No. 611 on a short freight train, recreating its last days of service on the N&W in the late 1950s when it was bumped to freight service. CHASE GUNNOE PHOTO BOTTOM: No. 611 returned home on May 30, operating between Spencer and Roanoke, Va. The J was back on the main line at Ruffin, Va., as NS company photographer Casey Thomason chased in a helicopter. MARK RAGAN PHOTO


ning of the restoration. A year later, he was at the throttle of a fully restored 611 as she steamed home to Roanoke. The locomotive’s arrival was heralded with great fanfare as she made her way through the city towards the Virginia Museum of Transportation. On May 31, No. 611 was reunited with Class A No. 1218 and the Class Y6a No. 2156 (on loan from St. Louis Museum of Trans- portation) for the first time in 60 years. A number of sold-out public excur-


sions were pulled by No. 611 in June as part of Nortfolk Southern’s “21st Centu- ry Steam” program. While she may have a short operating schedule for this sea- son, rest assured great plans are in store for years to come. Welcome home, 611.


For details and excursion schedules, please visit FireUp611.org


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