Historic 6-11 steam engine back in action, visits Petersburg

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — If you live in Petersburg, you may have caught a glimpse of the famous 6-11 this weekend, a last-of-its-kind steam engine that has been completely refurbished.

The passenger train was once based in Roanoke, and now serves as a mobile ambassador for the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

It traveled from Lynchburg to Petersburg and back – a 260-mile round trip – on Saturday and Sunday, making a two-hour pit stop in Petersburg for passengers to relax, dine and enjoy the city.

“It’s the most powerful steam locomotive ever built, and after a year-long restoration, she’s back into excursion,” said Peggy McGuire, the Director of Marketing for the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

The 6-11 is making stops around the state this summer. For more information about where or how to get tickets, click here.

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