New Amtrak policy could put the brakes on 611 Norfolk & Western steam engine excursions in Virginia and North Carolina

By Mike Allen, The Roanoke Times; April 13, 2018

A corporate decision by Amtrak could halt the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam engine in its tracks, and raises questions as to whether the restored historical treasure will pull excursions again.

Virginia Museum of Transportation executive director Lisa Sphar said the museum continues to hope that the Roanoke-made 611 will have a season of excursions in the fall. “We continue to work with our friends and partners in the industry to look at options for continuing operations and remain hopeful for 611’s future.”

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