The best locomotive ever designed in history! Much prettier than the unfinished streamlining of the Daylight! N&W built these to last forever, and 611 is showing it with that reflective paintwork and smooth streamlining, without shrouding very many parts! The nose itself is hinged like a smokebox door and the top of the boiler has individual removable segments, together with those newfangled roller bearings make her very fast indeed!
They don't hate steam, it's just not a viable thing to allow steam excursions to be run. I mean, think about it. You're tying up the mainline with a train that they can't really control, and they aren't making a profit off of. Yeah, I can see how they wouldn't like it. And it's not just eastern railroads.