Train enthusiasts photograph and film the Norfolk and Western Class J #611 steam engine as it chugs along a track for a photo opportunity Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC. After a year-long restoration at the museum, the historic engine will return, under its own steam power, to Roanoke, Virginia, where it was built.
Train enthusiasts photograph and film the Norfolk and Western Class J #611 steam engine as it chugs along a track for a photo opportunity Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC. After a year-long restoration at the museum, the historic engine will return, under its own steam power, to Roanoke, Virginia, where it was built. TRAVIS LONG tlong@newsobserver.com
Train enthusiasts photograph and film the Norfolk and Western Class J #611 steam engine as it chugs along a track for a photo opportunity Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC. After a year-long restoration at the museum, the historic engine will return, under its own steam power, to Roanoke, Virginia, where it was built. TRAVIS LONG tlong@newsobserver.com

Rail buffs get close to classic steam engine at NC Transportation Museum

May 28, 2015 5:29 PM

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  • Fair historian takes you back in time, one last time

    For 25 years Paul Blankinship has collected artifacts, maps and photographs to present to fair goers a collective memory of 165 years of NC State Fair history. This year, after what happens to be the 150th fair, Blankinship will pack up the small museum for the last time.