Steam Locomotive 611 rides rails again in Virginia

ROANOKE, VA – JULY 03: The restored J class steam locomotive 611 of Norfolk and Western Railway prepares to leave the train station on one of its limited excursions that runs through Roanoke and Bedford, Virginia.

The 611 was retired in 1959 like most of the steam engines of that time due to being replaced by the more efficient diesel locomotives. (Photos by Mark Wilson from Getty Images)

Press photographers and amateurs take pictures along the tracks of the fully restored 611 steam locomotive as it passes by after leaving the train station for a short trip on Friday, July 3, 2015 in Roanoke, Virginia. (Photos by Mark Wilson from Getty Images)

Locomotive 611 travels over bridge on Friday, July 3, 2015 in Roanoke, Virginia. (Photos by Mark Wilson from Getty Images)

Locomotive 611 on the tracks billowing smoke as it goes around the bend on Friday, July 3, 2015 in Roanoke, Virginia. (Photos by Mark Wilson from Getty Images)

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