The N.C. Transportation Museum will host a special tour experience as the Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611 is once again fired up Friday, Sept. 18. Visitors will get a close-up view of the 1950 streamliner steam locomotive as crews begin the fire up process at 7 a.m. Following a safety briefing, participants will have exclusive access and a great view of what it takes to ready this massive steam locomotive for operation. They will hear from the crew as work takes place, climb into the locomotive cab, and take behind the scenes photos.
All activities will take place outdoors. Face masks and social distancing precautions will be required as outlined in Executive Order 163. Handrails, grab irons, and other high-touch surfaces will frequently be sanitized using EPA-approved cleaners. Only one participant will be allowed to enter the locomotive cab at a time, except when an adult must accompany a minor in the same party. This activity is not recommended for small children. Closed toes shoes are required. Please note that the No. 611 will be stationary during this tour.
The tour experience is $125/per person, plus NC sales tax and ticket handling fees and is limited to 25 participants.