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Virginia Museum of Transportation to restore 611 train

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The Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke is getting ready to send off the 611 for restoration.

Officially known as the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Steam Passenger Locomotive, the famous train will head to Spencer, North Carolina on May 24 to complete the process.

The museum and the Fire Up 611! Committee raised $2.3 million for the project.

A feasibility study conducted in 2013 found it would take $3.5 million to restore, operate and preserve the 611.

The Museum's Board of Directors and the committee decided to move ahead with the restoration anyways.

"We're pleased to send the 611 on to our fellow train enthusiasts at the North Carolina Transportation Museum where this exciting restoration will get underway," said museum Executive Director Bev Fitzpatrick in a news release. "We're grateful for the tremendous amount of support that allows us to reach this step of the program."

The project will take about nine months to complete.

A send-off party is scheduled for May 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the transportation museum in Roanoke.
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