May 28, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- The
Museum of Transportation
, and the
Virginia Museum of Transportation
are in discussions to bring
and Western Y6a steam engine #2156, currently in the
museum, back to its place of origin at
, on a five-year loan for display at the
museum, in a transaction facilitated by Norfolk Southern.
In exchange, the
museum will send to
a Southern Railway diesel General Motors EMD FTB unit to complement the
museum's FTA demonstration unit.
"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
, where all three were designed and built by
and Western," said
, 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
, 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,
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
rich transportation history.
Norfolk Southern Corporation
(NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000
in 22 states and the
District of Columbia
, serves every major container port in the eastern
, 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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