N&W Class J 611: The Spirit of Roanoke

FORWARD 611 Committee

The restoration of 611 would not have been possible without the dedication, time, passion and commitment of the Fire Up 611! Committee. Now the FORWARD 611 Committee continues as the steering committee for the locomotive, its ongoing maintenance, its operations/ activities, and for securing its future.


Trey Davis: Chairman of the Forward 611 Committee and a member of the VMT Board of Directors. Trey is a marketing consultant and life long rail fan. Washington, DC.

Jim Stump: Past Chairman of the Forward 611 Committee and a member of the VMT Board of Directors.  Jim is an executive search consultant, a Roanoke native and an avid railroad enthusiast. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Will Harris: President, Board of Directors of the Virginia Museum of Transportation and president of North Fork Lumber Company. 
Goshen, Virginia.

Don Moser: Deputy Director, Virginia Museum of Transportation. Roanoke, Virginia.

Brian Barton: A prominent, active railroad operations manager for almost 25 years. Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Cheri George:  A volunteer fireman for the 611 and part of the crew during its last excursion runs. Richmond, Virginia. 

Ron Davis: President of the Norfolk & Western Historical Society. Roanoke, Virginia.

Col. Lewis “Bud” Jeffries: The official VMT historian for the Norfolk & Western Class J 611. Radford, Virginia.

Scott Lindsay: President, Steam Operations Corporation and the Chief Mechanical Officer for the restoration. Scott was also on the 611 locomotive crew during its last excursion runs. Harrisburg, North Carolina and Birmingham, Alabama.

Jeff Sanders: President of the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Roanoke, Virginia.

Chuck Wehrmeister: A senior Norfolk Southern executive, recently retired. Salem, Virginia.

Adam Auxier: Excursion manager for the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Melissa Palmer: Finance Director, Virginia Museum of Transportation. Roanoke, Virginia

Mike Voiland: Ticketing, Customer Communication, and Passenger Equipment Servicing. Lynchburg, VA