Fwd: N&W No. 611 to remain at Strasburg Rail Road

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N&W No. 611 to remain at Strasburg Rail Road By
<https://www.trains.com/authors/?_article_author=>| October 8, 2021
Virginia Museum of Transportation says locomotive will receive maintenance
during extended stay in Pennsylvania
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[image: Streamlined steam locomotive at station next to tower]Norfolk &
Western No. 611, shown during operation on Sept. 26, will remain at the
Strasburg Rail Road for maintenance, the Virginia Museum of Transportation
has announced. (Dan Cupper)
STRASBURG, Pa. — Norfolk & Western Class J locomotive No. 611 will remain
at the Strasburg Rail Road this winter, undergoing an annual inspection and
maintenance, following the conclusion of its operations on the Pennsylvania
short line.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation’s 4-8-4 had operated at Strasburg
since May, wrapping up its schedule of excursions, cab rides, and other
events on Oct. 3. It was the locomotive’s second appearance at Strasburg,
following a shorter stay in 2019.
“The Museum’s partnership with Strasburg Rail Road Co. has worked
exceptionally well,” Virginia Museum of Transportation President Will
Harris said in a press release
<https://www.vmt.org/2021/10/611-concludes-2021-season/>. “We are thrilled
to have an opportunity to operate 611 and continue the heritage of steam
railroading for new generations to experience.”
While remaining at Strasburg, the locomotive will undergo a required
Federal Railroad Administration inspection of the boiler’s flexible
staybolts and caps. Future plans “will be published through official
channels when appropriate,” according to the press release.
“It’s been an honor to host 611 at the Strasburg Rail Road again, and it’s
been a privilege for tens of thousands of our guests to experience such a
significant locomotive right here in the midst of beautiful Lancaster
County,” said Steve Barrall, the Strasburg’s vice president of guest
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