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“Great collection”

Virginia Museum of Transportation
Ranked #2 of 71 things to do in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Antique automobiles and trucks, electric and deisel locomotives, and vintage steam, are all part of the nostalgic show at this historic freight station that doubles as a museum .
Reviewed 20 May 2014

They have so many pieces in the collection that it is a bit cramped, especially the trains. Seeing the NW Class J 611 before it heads off for restoration was great. People were very friendly--lots of volunteers. Definitely a place to visit when in this area.

Thank vjlj
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Large collection of N&W and Virginian locomotives snd rolling stock. Rockets, autos... located near the city marketplace pub and restaurant district. Well described history of Virginia railroads on displays adjacent to the NS mainline through town.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

The museum features a lot of N&W locomotives. It would be nice to wash them off periodically as well as the other items on display outside.

Thank Pam L
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This museum could use a face lift. The electric train models running were ok and very dusty looking. At $8 a pop admission I was not impressed...

Thank Robin S
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

I had some free time one Saturday afternoon, and wanted to spend some of it at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Many modes of transportation were represented, although the mode represented the most was train travel, passenger and freight. Norfolk Southern RR is headquartered in Roanoke, so it stands to reason that trains took center stage. There is a very nice model train layout covering a number of scenes - freight, mining, passenger, and circus trains. Most of the trains were O-27 Lionel. There was a large room containing 15-20 antique cars and a few trucks. There were two race cars driven by Curtis Turner. There was a room devoted to flight transportation, airport information on all of the Virginia commercial airports. Also on display were several models of shops, including several with the name Roanoke. Another room was devoted to African American efforts in the railroad industry. There were other rooms in the museum devoted to other areas of rail. The was a small but nice gift shop. Outside, there was a number of rail cars on display, including a number of engines, both steam and diesel, a mail car, and several others. One of the steam locomotives was number 611, a beautifully refinished 4-8-4 (I think) capable of speeds in excess of 110 MPH. The 8 drive wheels are about a foot taller than I am. There was also a film showing the rebuilding of 611. There was also a very entertaining gentleman who provided some interesting RR tidbits concerning 611 and Norfolk Southern. Very enjoyable time. A very limited number of areas are not wheelchair accessible.

Thank John T
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