611: American Icon Blu-ray

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611:  American Icon Blu-ray

The Story of the Last Norfolk & Western Class J Steam Locomotive

 It takes a lot of effort to chronicle the sixty-six year history of the Norfolk & Western Class J 611. There are so many stories to tell: of her original design and construction at the pinnacle of the steam era; of her restoration to operating condition after sitting cold for decades; and, finally, of her triumphant return to the rails in 2015 to the delight of thousands. The documentary will preserve all the memories that linger in the heart long after the locomotive thunders by, and the steam fades from view.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation has been working on this documentary to tell those stories, and more, since 611’s most recent restoration was announced.

The documentary features rare historic footage and exclusive, close-up views of the mechanical work that were captured only by our camera crews. Interviews with noted authors and historians explain the performance superiority designed into every J, and the remarkable craftsmanship that went into building every one.

“No. 611's rebirth in 2015 was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a joyous occasion for all of us who love railroads and the American experience. This video captures the essence of the restoration, the history, and the promise of this legendary locomotive.”  —Jim Wrinn, Editor, TRAINS Magazine

Watch 611 roll on, full of power and grace, decade after decade. 611: AMERICAN ICON was shot in 4K and will be available in HD for the very best color and picture quality. Run time is approximately 75 minutes.  Blu-ray and DVD are region free.

611: AMERICAN ICON was made possible by support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Richard Gwathmey and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, and the American Electric Power Foundation.

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  • 5
    611L American Icon

    Posted by Brian on 9th Sep 2021

    Excellent production quality, information and details about the 611 and its restoration.

  • 5

    Posted by Cameron Mallow on 11th Jun 2021

    I love the dvd and getting to learn about the 611 before I get to see it for the first time. I get to see her for the first time in July. I wish I could also buy a 611 mug. The 611 is my favorite streamliner. I can’t wait to see her. I just wish I can ride in the cab.

  • 5
    611 Blu-ray

    Posted by Shawn Kinkead on 29th Apr 2021

    Very informative and well made. I’ve watched it several times already and I’m still learning things.

  • 5
    Good film

    Posted by Christina on 5th May 2020

    Good movie. Learning the history of the 611

  • 5
    Great documentary

    Posted by Dean Oxford on 28th Apr 2020


  • 5

    Posted by Janet M on 6th Jan 2020

    I gave it to my husband for Christmas and he just loved it; I enjoyed watching it with him. Our family rode behind the 611 on an excursion from Manassas to Front Royal-happy memories!

  • 5
    Must have for the 611 enthusiast!

    Posted by Evan P. on 3rd Jan 2018

    DVD is awesome! Professionally shot and edited. Goes into the past and present of the greatest steam locomotive ever built! Highly recommended for anyone who loves 611 or steam in general.

  • 5
    Great documentary on the 611

    Posted by James Simmons on 19th Jun 2017

    Great mix of historical information on the N&W and how the J-Class fit into it's passenger business. Loved the early photos of the J, Y, and A locos being built. The videographers did a great job capturing critical parts of the 611 restoration process. Would have loved to have more "extra" materials showing different aspects of the rebuild, but whats on the DVD was excellent. Certainly worth the price. I've watched it at least 3 times in the first days I've had it.

  • 5
    Very Informative!

    Posted by KEVIN C FOSTER on 26th Mar 2017

    Great documentry, very informative and interesting. I even managed to find myself standing track side in one of the scenes. Extremely well put together, great camera work too!

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