ROANOKE, Va. -

At 6:11 a.m. Tuesday, the Virginia Museum of Transportation announced the restoration plans for the historic 611 steam engine.

The 611 will be moved to a facility in Spencer, North Carolina on May 24. Workers there will begin the process of restoring the steam engine for rail service.

In six months, the 611 could be up and running again.

"This is like the world coming back together again," Bev Fitpatrick of the transportation museum said. "This is made by Roanoke people. The most significant steam locomotive ever made in the world. To know that it might run again, it's exceptional."

So far the transportation museum has raised $2.3 million for the 611 restoration project.