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Norfolk & Western steam locomotive #1134 waits to be moved after almost 60 years. The Virginia Museum of Transportation announced Wednesday they will preserve the long-abandoned train along with several others. This M2 class locomotive was built in 1910.

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The beautiful Norfolk & Western passenger train, the Powhatan Arrow. Built in the Roanoke shops, this J class steam engine was capable of a sustained speed of 110mph. It often exceeded 100mph along tracks beside New River. I rode this train with my Grandmother from Bluefield, WV to Roanoke, VA when I was a child. I never forgot the experience. www.batsbirdsyard.com = Bat Houses

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Norfolk & Western Class J steam locomotive 611 belonging to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in her birthplace of Roanoke Va, rests outside the roundhouse at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer NC during her 2015 return to service rebuild

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The Virginia Museum of Transportation has one of the finest rail collections in the United States. More than 50 exhibits provide a broad view of Virginia's rich railway heritage.Our most valuable exhibits are the internationally known Norfolk & Western Class J-611 and the Class A-1218, the most modern steam locomotives ever built. Both are products of the talent and skills of the Norfolk & Western personnel who designed and built these locomotives in the N & W's own Roanoke Shops.

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