Steam engine enthusiasts gushing
The Chesapeake and Ohio 614 has rolled in at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
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Few locomotives in this world could make the Norfolk and Western 1218 take a back seat at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
The Chesapeake and Ohio 614 is one of them.
The 434-ton steam locomotive, which has been called the last commercially manufactured mainline passenger steam engine made in America, arrived in Roanoke on Thursday for a three-month stay. It will be officially unveiled Feb. 12 as part of a two-locomotive exhibit alongside the museum's other prized steam behemoth, the streamlined N&W 611.
The exhibit, titled "Thoroughbreds of Steam," will also include a display inside the museum with photographs and historical information, museum officials said. They are considering keeping the 614 under wraps until then -- although that's a lot of wrapping. As of Friday, the gargantuan 614 was fully visible beside the 611 under the museum's Claytor Pavilion.
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Roanoke, VA 24016
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