Fwd: Fw: N&W No. 611 to visit Strasburg Rail Road for four weeks

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*N&W No. 611 to visit Strasburg Rail Road for four weeks*
*Famed 4-8-4 will visit Pennsylvania tourist railroad for weekend events in
September and October*
*March 14, 2019*
Kevin Gilliam
ROANOKE, Va. — Norfolk & Western Class J locomotive No. 611 will travel to
Pennsylvania’s Strasburg Rail Road for four weekends of events in September
and October.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation and Strasburg will combine for events
including an opportunity to ride behind the restored N&W 4-8-4,
opportunities to operate and fire the locomotive, cab rides, and photo
charters. Classic car shows, behind-the-scene shop tours, and other
family-centered events are also planned.
“Since its restoration, the Virginia Museum of Transportation has sought
opportunities for the 611 to engage people from all walks of life,” museum
board member Brian Barton said in a press release. “The partnership with
the Strasburg Rail Road allows us to spark a fascination with steam
locomotives and transportation, our history, steam technology, mechanical
engineering, and design.”
The events will reunite No. 611 with Strasburg’s N&W Class M locomotive,
No. 475, a 4-8-0 built in 1906 and in service on the N&W until 1962.
“Reuniting 475 and 611 is a rare opportunity for railfans and heritage
railroad tourists alike,” Steve Barrall, station master at Strasburg, said
in the 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.”
The Strasburg events include:
— Sept. 28-29: A Norfolk & Western Railway Steam Reunion.
— Oct. 4-6: Railfan Photography Extravaganza
— Oct. 12-14 Rail & Road: A Transportation Evolution
— Oct. 19-20: At the Throttle of Norfolk & Western Steam.
Tickets, which range from $5 to $750, depending on the event, are available
at the Strasburg Rail Road website
<https://www.strasburgrailroad.com/> beginning
Friday, March 15.
Norfolk Southern played an instrumental role in bringing the two
organizations together, Barton said. “Without the support from Norfolk
Southern, the VMT would not be allowed to ferry the locomotive to special
events. For the safety of the railroad’s crews, railfans, and the general
public, the ferry moves will not be announced beforehand.”
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