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Central and Western Virginia Sights

Virginia Museum of Transportation

  • 303 Norfolk Ave. SW Map It
  • Roanoke

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Near Market Square, just a short stroll along the Railwalk, the Virginia Museum of Transportation has the largest collection of diesel and steam locomotives in the country—not surprising, considering that Roanoke got its start as a railroad town and was once the headquarters of the Norfolk & Western railroad. The dozens of original train cars and engines, some of which can be boarded and many built here in town, include a massive nickel-plate locomotive—just one

of the many holdings that constitute an unabashed display of civic pride. The sprawling model-train and miniature-circus setups please young and old alike.

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303 Norfolk Ave. SW, Roanoke, Virginia, 24016, United States

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  • $8
  • Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. 1–5


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Oct 1, 2009

Virginia Museum of Transportation Review

Steam locomotives were built in Roanoke at one time when rail travel was popular. This museum has a good collection of old trains, streetcars, buses, old cars, minature railroad, passenger rail car and other artifacts of transportation. A must see!

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