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Offline laj

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N&W 611 may steam again!
« on: June 29, 2013, 05:21:26 PM »
Famed Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611, one of the most famous 4-8-4's in American railroad history, will steam again — if a $3.5 million fund raising campaign is successful. The Virginia Museum of Transportation announced today its intention to return the iconic Roanoke-built locomotive to excursion service.

“We are pleased to say that we can Fire Up 611! But the time is now and it will take 611 fans around the world to stoke her fire,” says Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr., executive director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation. “Today we are kicking off the official capital campaign.”

The Fire Up 611! Committee determined that $3.5 million would be needed to return the locomotive to service. The costs include a complete mechanical restoration of the locomotive, a shop maintenance facility and support to develop the excursion program.

Ultimately, the goal is to raise $5 million so that No. 611 has an endowment to keep it running for years. “The Virginia Museum of Transportation does not have the resources to fund this project alone,” Fitzpatrick says. “We are asking her fans across the globe who want to see her run again to be a part of this important capital campaign. Her appeal extends to people everywhere who value heritage, craftsmanship and the thrill of bringing an American icon to life.”

No. 611’s fans are invited to visit fireup611.org to learn more and to donate to the Fire Up 611 Capital Campaign. They can also visit the Fire Up 611 Facebook page, YouTube, and Twitter feed (#fireup611).

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http://trn.trains.com/Railroad%20News/News%20Wire/2013/06/Norfolk%20Western%20Class%20J%20No%20611%20will%20steam%20again%20if%20the%20money%20is%20there.aspx