N&W 611 Back Under Steam After Mechanical Issues

The iconic 4-8-4 was sidelined in Strasburg last weekend after a broken leaf spring was discovered. Photo by Steve Barry.

N&W 611 Back Under Steam After Mechanical Issues

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

STRASBURG, Pa. — Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 611 will be back under steam this weekend after the locomotive was sidelined last week with a broken trailing truck leaf spring. The locomotive is spending the summer at the Strasburg Rail Road and was forced to miss last weekend’s runs because of the issue. 

“We’re very excited to officially announce 611 is up and ready for her excursions this weekend,” the railroad wrote on Facebook. “We’d like to give a special shout out to our Mechanical Department who went above and beyond, working round the clock to ensure 611 would be ready to roll as soon as possible.”

This is the second time the locomotive has missed a weekend of service due to mechanical issues this summer. The locomotive’s departure from Spencer, N.C. was delayed back in May when it was discovered that its coal stoker was broken. 

Locomotive 611 last visited Strasburg in 2019 for a series of excursions and photo charters that fall. This year, the locomotive will stay in Strasburg until October and operate on numerous excursions throughout the summer. For more information and to buy tickets on excursions or other special events with the 611, visit the Strasburg’s website

This article was posted on: July 9, 2021