Great news out of Roanoke today!
The Fire Up 611 Committee announced the results of their feasibility study. Key takeaways are that the locomotive can be restored in 9 months time. The plan is to raise money for the restoration (which will be done in Spencer, NC) and build a new maintenance facility in Roanoke. Norfolk Southern has invited the locomotive into its 21st Century Steam program which provides employee family day trips as well as public excursions.
Here’s a new promotional video:
I am extremely excited given this new hope of 611′s return to service. You can donate to this great cause via FireUp611.org.