Museum wants locomotive running

locomotiveThe Virginia Museum of Transportation wants to have a steam-engine locomotive running again. Marketing director Peg McGuire says the Roanoke museum is launching a campaign to raise $3.5 million by late October to restore a Norfolk & Western J-Class 611 steam engine and build a mechanical shop where it can be worked on. The Roanoke Times reports the goal is to have the engine operational next year for Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam passenger excursion program. The 611 engine was built in 1950 and has been housed at the museum since 1962.