EXPERIENCE THE NORFOLK & WESTERN CLASS J NO. 611 IN STEAM!

Friday, April 30, 2021 through Monday, May 3, 2021

Enjoy the thrill of a true railroading classic for the first time in 2021. For four days of fired-up activities, you’ll have several options in which to experience this iconic locomotive. Book your tickets now because these events are sure to sell out!

 

N&W 611 Fired-Up Behind-the-Scenes Tour

April 30 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. (or when fire-up is complete)

Get up-close and personal with the Norfolk & Western Class J #611 during the locomotive’s fire-up process. The day starts promptly at 7 a.m. as the crew gives a safety briefing and lights off the fire in the locomotive. It takes a full day for the locomotive to be fired up, so expect down time to explore the NCTM site (museum admission included).

Exclusive access to the locomotive includes explanations from the crew as they do their work, time in the cab, and up-close photography. Access to the locomotive cab is by vertical ladder on side of the locomotive, without ADA accessibility. Participants must be able to climb ladder independently or with the help of a member of their own party to access the locomotive cab. Liability release must be signed, closed toed shoes and cloth face mask required. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by paying adult. Not recommended for small children.

The locomotive is stationary during this tour. Only one participant allowed in the locomotive cab at a time, except in the case of members of the same family as cab capacity allows.

$125 per ticket*

*Does not include convenience or handling fees.

At The Throttle: 611

Limited slots available April 30 only

This is your opportunity to be at the throttle of the Norfolk & Western 611 for approximately 30-minutes while being instructed by a qualified engineer. Arrive 30-minutes prior to your time slot for safety session. Must be 18 with valid driver’s license.

$611 per ticket*

*Does not include convenience or handling fees.

Be The Fireman

Slots available April 30, May 1-2

This is your opportunity to learn how to fire the Norfolk & Western 611 for approximately 30 minutes while being instructed by a qualified fireman. The job of the fireman is to regulate the amount of coal and water being used to keep the locomotive running. Arrive 30-minutes prior to your time slot for safety session. Ages 18 and up.

$305.50 per ticket*
Now $225.00 per ticket*

*Does not include convenience or handling fees.

Jump Seat Cab Ride

Limited slots available April 30 only

This is your opportunity to ride in the cab of the Norfolk & Western 611 for approximately 30 minutes. You will be riding in the jump seat of the tender, located behind the engineer and fireman. Arrive 30 minutes prior to ride for safety session. Ages 12 and up. Minors under age 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

$100 per person OR $200 for two-people*

*Does not include convenience or handling fees.

Fired Up Cab Tour

May 1-2 only

Get a close-up tour of the N&W 611, including VIP locomotive cab access and your chance to blow the whistle! Regular museum admission (purchased separately) is also required to participate in this tour. This tour begins with a short presentation by a member of the N&W 611 crew, followed by an up-close tour of the locomotive under steam and your chance to climb into the cab and blow the 611’s whistle.

May 1, 2021
9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m.

May 2, 2021
12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m.

$35 per person*

*Does not include convenience or handling fees. Museum admission not included and must be purchased separately.

N&W 611 Night Photo Shoot

May 1 only

Shoot some incredible photographs and video of the Norfolk & Western 611 under the lights for an evening and night photo session at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. If you enjoy the N&W 611 during the day, you’ll love it at night!

This photo session begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. The N&W 611 steam locomotive will be positioned in various locations for night-time photos and videos with night lighting provided. Because of the nature of night photography and videography, we encourage participants to be familiar with time exposures and special special lighting settings on their photo/video equipment.

Following COVID-19 protocols, attendees and crew will observe social distancing requirements and cloth face masks will be strictly enforced. Hand sanitizer is available on site. Attendance is strictly limited to ticketed participants. **RAIN OR SHINE. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES**

May 1
7 – 11 p.m.

$50 per ticket*

*Does not include convenience or handling fees.

Caboose Ride

Seats available April 30, May 1-2

Ride behind the N&W 611 steam locomotive in a caboose pulled by the locomotive during an “At the Throttle” session. Arrive 30 minutes prior to ride time. Children must be accompanied by a paid parent or guardian.

$10 per ticket*

*Does not include convenience or handling fees. Museum admission not included and must be purchased separately.

N&W 611 Daylight Photo Charter

May 3 only

The N.C. Transportation Museum and the Virginia Museum of Transportation are offering yet another opportunity to experience the Norfolk & Western Class J #611 under steam! On Monday, May 3, 2021, while the museum is closed to the general public, we will be hosting a daytime photo charter featuring the 611. The iconic streamlined 4-8-4 will be posed for photos and will perform photo run-by’s in multiple locations across the museum site, including new photo angles and areas not accessible to the general public.

This all-day event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m., with a mid-day break for lunch on your own, turning of the locomotive, and repositioning. The break will take place during the “high sun” hours which are especially difficult for photographers, lasting approximately two hours. Attendees are welcome to stay on site during the break to take photographs and video of the locomotive, or are welcome to leave for lunch and return for the second part of the day.

The 611 will pull coaches, including some of the museum’s stainless steel cars to represent a time when the J’s pulled the “Tennessean” passenger train. This will be a unique opportunity to see this equipment behind the 611 in scenes set up exclusively for attendees. Admission is $150 per person, plus tax and ticket fees. All attendees will be given credentials for the photo charter and no guests will be permitted to participate without a paid admission to the event. Social distancing protocols will be followed, including mandatory wearing of face masks while on the grounds of the museum.

This will be the first daytime photo charter with the N&W 611 at Spencer since 2016, so don’t miss the opportunity to capture some unique images! Space is limited.

May 3
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

$150 per ticket*

*Does not include convenience or handling fees.

IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION AND HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

Cloth face covering required while in museum buildings, on train ride, and while occupying the locomotive, and in all other situations when at least six feet of social distancing is not possible.

Check in at Barber Junction Visitor’s Center, where you will be sent to the 611-check-in area. Liability release must be signed. Clothing must be appropriate to a working railroad (jeans/overalls, long sleeve cotton shirt and boots or closed toed shoes).

Participants wishing to have a photo made should bring their own camera. No video permitted in locomotive cab. No photography permitted in locomotive cab while moving.

Participation requires climbing ladder on locomotive with no ADA access. Museum admission included for all ticket options except Caboose Rides and Fired Up Cab Tours. Admission must be purchased separately for those events. If purchasing as gift for another individual, please include that person’s name in comments section during ticket purchase.

Rain or shine. All purchases final—NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.

Visiting from out-of-town and need overnight stay information? We encourage you to visit Rowan County Tourism’s website for more information.

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