The Norfolk & Western “611” steam locomotive passed by the Cemetery’s Station House Museum on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. The train left Kemper Street Station heading north to Manassas for an excursion on June 6.
No. 611 was one of fourteen Class ‘J’ passenger locomotives built for the Norfolk & Western Railway between 1941 and 1950 and the only one in existence today.
Simple lines, a bullet nose, and a Tuscan red stripe made the Js stand out as one of the most beautiful streamlined steam locomotives ever designed. The Js were the pride of the N&W’s crack fleet of home-built steam locomotives. They powered the famous named trains like the Powhatan Arrow, Cavalier, and Pocahontas. The Js along with the Class ‘A’ and ‘Y’ freight engines embodied the ingenuity of N&W engineers and represented the pinnacle of steam technology.