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Photo - Presentation Check

The oversized presentation check for the grant displayed in the 611 work area at the roundhouse at Spencer Shops.  It will soon be on display in Roanoke, Virginia at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the owners of the 611.  Click Image to Enlarge

John Emery Rail Heritage Trust Makes its First Grant!

 

Spencer, NC, February 17, 2015.  The first grant ever made by the John Emery Rail Heritage Trust has been awarded to the Fire Up 611 campaign in the amount of $ 1,800.00. The famous engine is currently undergoing restoration in Spencer, NC at the NC Transportation Museum with an expected date for returning to service in late spring of 2015.

The Norfolk & Western #611 is one of the finest American steam locomotives ever built. The 611 was built in 1950 and pulled the Powhatan Arrow, the famed passenger train between Norfolk and Cincinnati. The engine was retired in 1959 and placed in storage. In 1962, she was moved to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia for display.

In 1981, Norfolk Southern pulled her out of retirement and restored the engine to her original glory. She ran in excursion service on the Norfolk Southern Railway system until she was retired a second time in 1994 and moved back to the Virginia Museum of Transportation for public display.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation announced in June of 2013 they intended to once again restore the engine to her former glory so that it might travel the rails again, to the delight of train lovers everywhere!

The John Emery Rail Heritage Trust donation will be used to further the restoration of this mighty engine, as well as helping to make it possible for the engine to continue running into the future.

Photo - Check in front

Pictured in front of the mighty 611, and holding the grant check (left to right) are Jeff Sanders, President Roanoke Chapter, NRHS: Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr, Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation; Jim Fetchero, advisor with the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust; Preston Claytor, Chairman of the Fire Up 611 Committee (and wearing his red 611 hat); and Gary Gray, Vice President of the Roanoke Chapter, NRHS.  Click Image to Enlarge

Photo - Bev & Jim

Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr, Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation (left) is congratulated by Jim Fetchero (right), one of three advisors of the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust on the receipt of a donation to help restore the N&W 611 to operation.  Click Image to Enlarge

Photo - 611 cab and group

Pictured in front of the mighty 611, and holding the grant check (left to right) are Jeff Sanders, President Roanoke Chapter, NRHS: Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr, Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation; Jim Fetchero, advisor with the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust; Preston Claytor, Chairman of the Fire Up 611 Committee (and wearing his red 611 hat); and Gary Gray, Vice President of the Roanoke Chapter, NRHS.  Click Image to Enlarge