Among Steam Engines, the 611 (J Series)
Now is your chance to experience
the 611. Mark your calendar and bring your youngest rail fans
down to Cambria to watch one of the greatest steam engines ever.
She is a sight to see! Let's give the old girl a real "welcome
The 611 was built in the Roanoke
Shops specifically to climb Christiansburg Mountain (the steepest
grade on the N&W line) on its daily run from Roanoke, Virginia
to Bluefield, West Virginia. The grade tops out 1/4 mile east
of the Cambria Station, so you get to see her running with a full
head of steam as she comes around the double bend.
The 611 pulls out of Roanoke
at 1:30 p.m. and travels to the Walton Junction (between Cambria
and Radford), turns around, and comes back, so you have two chances
to see her. We expect her through Cambria sometime between 2 p.m.
and 2:45 p.m. (coming) and between 3:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. (going),
depending on rail traffic amd the time it takes to turn around.
That said, if you want a good view (and finding parking within
easy hiking distance of the crossing), we recommend coming early
or check the bus schedule.
In between her
run west to Walton and her return through Cambria,
stop in the Cambria Train Station at the crossing and check out
the N&W railroad memorabilia for sale. From timetables to
engineering drawings, as well as other railroad souveniers, this
will be the only time the items will be available for purchase.
All proceeds to
to the depot restoration fund.