The Virginia Museum of Transportation announces that the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Steam Passenger Locomotive—known affectionately as the Spirit of Roanoke—is ready to head to Spencer, NC for restoration. An “All Aboard” send-off party is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, from 10 am to 5 pm.

The N&W Class J 611 Steam Locomotive has been invited to participate in Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam Program. Learn more and donate here...

IN ROANOKE, the Norfolk & Western Railway designed and built America's most advanced steam locomotives.
Come experience the only remaining examples of the N&W's legendary success at the Virginia Museum of Transportation: the N&W Class A 1218 and the Class J 611. In our Rail Yard, explore historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, and other rail equipment as modern trains rumble past. Inside the Museum, enjoy model trains, hands-on exhibits, and stroll among our antique automobiles, truck and bus exhibits and our new Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery!