On Friday, June 28, the Virginia Museum of Transportation announced that the Queen of Steam, the iconic Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Steam Locomotive, can thunder across the landscape once again.
But only if fans of the 611 rally to see her steam rise!
"The Virginia Museum of Transportation does not have the resources to fund this project alone," says Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr. "We are asking her fans across the globe who want to see her run again to be a part of this important capital campaign."
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The 611 has been invited to participate in
Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam Excursion Program in 2014
This exciting program provides steam rail excursions throughout the Norfolk Southern's operating territory. To participate in the program in 2014, the Museum needs to raise the necessary funds by October 31, 2013.
"If her supporters bring No. 611 back to life, NS will be eager and excited for this incredible part of rail history to join the 21st Century Steam Program," says Norfolk Southern spokesman Frank Brown. "The return of 611 would represent a great opportunity to celebrate our heritage while educating a new generation about the critical role railroads play in today's economy."