611 heading to Pennsylvania's Amish Country this fall

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The 611 steam passenger train will make its way to Pennsylvania's Amish Country this fall for "once-in-a-never" event!

Passengers will be able to take a ride in the famous locomotive, as well as operate the fire. Other family-centered events will include photo charters, classic car shows, and behind-the-scenes shop tours.

“Since its restoration, the Virginia Museum of Transportation (VMT) has sought opportunities for the 611 to engage people from all walks of life,” said Brian Barton, VMT board member. “The partnership with the Strasburg Rail Road allows us to spark a fascination with steam locomotives and transportation, our history, steam technology, mechanical engineering, and design.”

The 611 will be reuniting with the 475 in what Strasburg Rail Road station master, Steve Barrall calls an unprecedented event.

“Reuniting 475 and 611 is a rare opportunity for railfans and heritage railroad tourists alike,” said Steve Barrall. “When the two locomotives are side-by-side, you will see, hear, and feel how the Norfolk & Western Railway revolutionized steam technology in under 50 years.”

The special events at the Strasburg Rail Road include:
- September 28 through 29: A Norfolk & Western Railway Steam Reunion
- October 4 through 6: Railfan Photography Extravaganza
- October 12 through 14: Rail & Road: A Transportation Evolution
- October 19 through 20: At the Throttle of Norfolk & Western Steam

Tickets can be found at strasburgrailroad.com.