N&W J Class 611 at Strasburg Railroad

N&W J Class 611 took an extended visit to the Strasburg Railroad this fall for their "611 Visits Strasburg – A Reunion of Steam" event, pulling excursion trains throughout September and October. TCS went to record the sounds of the iconic J Class in October of 2019 while 611 was in residency on the Strasburg shortline.

Despite the intense wind conditions on that blustery fall day, we were able to secure most of the sounds on our list. We plan to return at least once more this autumn to finish our sound set before 611 returns home to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, VA.

Recording Trip


The Norfolk and Western J class was a class of fourteen 4-8-4 streamlined steam locomotives built and operated by the Norfolk and Western Railway (N&W) in the 1940-50s. Only No. 611 survives to this day, the last of it's kind. It has been restored to operating condition several times, most recently in 2015. You can learn more about the restoration effort at http://fireup611.org/

recording trip


J Class Recording Trip


Strasburg Rail Road is America’s oldest continuously operating railroad nestled in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Learn more about this iconic landmark: https://www.strasburgrailroad.com/