St. Louis Museum of Transportation and Virginia Museum of Transportation to
trade historic locomotives
NORFOLK, Va., May 28, 2014
NORFOLK, Va., May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Museum of Transportation, St.
Louis, and the Virginia Museum of Transportation are in discussions to bring
Norfolk and Western Y6a steam engine #2156, currently in the St. Louis museum,
back to its place of origin at Roanoke, Va., on a five-year loan for display
at the Virginia museum, in a transaction facilitated by Norfolk Southern.
In exchange, the Virginia museum will send to St. Louis a Southern Railway
diesel General Motors EMD FTB unit to complement the St. Louis museum's FTA
"This will reunite the last surviving Y-class locomotive, one of the hardest
pulling steam locomotives ever built, with the J-611 and the A-1218 in
Roanoke, where all three were designed and built by Norfolk and Western," said
Molly Butterworth, cultural site manager for the St. Louis Museum of
Transportation. "In return, our historic FTA, built in 1939 to demonstrate to
the rail industry the efficiency of diesel power, will be reunited with its
complimentary B unit."
"We are thrilled to welcome the Y6a home again," said Bev Fitzpatrick,
executive director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation. "We're grateful
to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation for this opportunity to reunite
three powerful sisters of steam in their home town."
The Museum of Transportation, a St. Louis County Park in west St. Louis
County, Mo., houses what has been recognized as one of the largest and best
collections of transportation vehicles in the world. With over 70 locomotives,
half of them "one-of-a-kind" or "sole survivors" of their type, the Museum has
one of the most complete collections of American railroad motive power, and
its collections of automobiles, buses, streetcars, aircraft, horse-drawn
vehicles, and riverboat materials are constantly expanding to reflect the
ever-changing nature of transportation.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Virginia's official transportation
museum, is home to two of the most powerful steam locomotives in existence
today: the N&W Class A 1218 and the N&W Class J 611. The Museum attracts
visitors of all ages from across the U.S. and around the world. Through
exhibits, artifacts, and an outstanding collection of rail equipment, cars,
trucks, airplanes, and more, the Museum tells the story of Virginia's rich
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary
operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of
Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and
provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern
operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major
transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.
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