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.
Oct 1, 2009
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!