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Norfolk & Western #611, Class J Steam Locomotive
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us
Coordinates
37.27284, -79.945861
Address1
Virginia Museum of Transportation
Address2
303 Norfolk Avenue, S.W.
City
Roanoke
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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.

Last survivor of US coal-fired passenger locomotives, considered among the most advanced of any 4-8-4
Image Credit
Public Domain (National Park Service)
Image Caption
Norfolk & Western #611, Class J Steam Locomotive
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