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Va museum launches study to revive steam engine

Saturday - 2/23/2013, 11:20am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke is studying what it will take to revive a 1950s steam locomotive.

Officials launched a study Friday to look at the cost of making repairs and upgrades to the historic Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam engine.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/YL3bcv ) that the committee also will study what sort of financial strain a restoration would put on the museum's day-to-day operations.

A report is expected in about a month and a half.

The 611 has been housed at the museum since 1962. It was given to the city of Roanoke in 1982 as a centennial gift from the Norfolk Southern. Officials then gave it to the museum in April 2012.

It is considered the most modern steam locomotive in existence.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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