Norfolk And Western Railroad . J Class #611 at Roanoke. Virginia . Watercolor . 14" x 20"
... Saturday, May 30, 2015... the N&W 4-8-4, J Class #611 makes a stop, under steam, on track behind the Taubman Museum of Art, in Roanoke, on her return from a complete rebuild at the old Norfolk And Western (NW), Spencer Shops at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. A fitting juxtaposition in my mind. #611's return to the Virginia Museum of Transportation is almost one year to the day... from her MU'd tow south to the Spencer Yards on May 28 of 2014... and 65 years after she was built and entered revenue service on May 29, 1950, with the Norfolk and Western Railroad. Under her new certifications, #611 is able and did pull passenger rail excursions; however, at the end of 2017, Norfolk Southern (NS) announced it could no longer allow museum or preservation steam excursions to run on NS lines due to liability concerns. We'll see how that goes, going forward.
The Spencer Series
The Art Museum of Western Virginia opened in 1947... renamed the Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts in 1980... and moved into this new building designed by architect, Randall Stout in 2008, as The Taubman Museum of Art.