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Norfolk & Western #611, Class J Steam Locomotive
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Rail Transportation Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1941 Virginia Museum of Transportation Roanoke State: VA Zip: 24016 Country: USA Website:,-class-j-steam-locomoti, Creator: Norfolk & Western

Developed for use in both the plains and mountains, this coal-fired passenger locomotive was among the most advanced in design, construction, and performance of any 4-8-4. Designed by Norfolk & Western engineers and built in the Norfolk & Western Roanoke shops, the 611 was specially balanced to minimize rail damage at high speeds. No. 611, eleventh of fourteen constructed and the last survivor, was retired from service and donated to the Roanoke Transportation Museum in 1959.

Image Credit: Public Domain (National Park Service) Image Caption: Norfolk & Western #611, Class J Steam Locomotive Era_date_from: 1941
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