Class J 611 is away from the VMT through late winter
The Class J 611 has left the Museum for engine front truck wheel set replacement, required before the next excursion season, and will not be available for viewing. Special thanks to Norfolk Southern for assistance in this engine truck project and to Brenco Bearings (Petersburg, VA), a division of Amsted Rail, for the donation of new bearings. The exact date of 611's return will be posted when known.
Train Lovers DaY: It's Y DaY!
FebruarY 13, 10 am to 5 pm; Snow Date FebruarY 20
PaY: Discounted admission: $5 per person, members and children 2 and under free
Train rides are $3 per person per ride in addition to admission, children 2 and under are free
- Learn Y the Y6a steam locomotive is so special! (on loan from the Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, MO)
- Rail Yard: Diesel train rides bY the Roanoke Chapter NRHS
- Model train displaYs and Roanoke ValleY Model Engineers Open House
- Y locomotive science activitY
- Blue Ridge PBS with “Thomas” for Young fans
- Yarn Valentines Craft
- Climb in the Yellow Lark taxi
- Yard Sale: great deals on Store merchandise
- Food available for purchase, and free parking!
N&W Class J 611 2016 Public Excursion Schedule:
- April 9, 2016 - The Virginian, Spencer, N.C., to Lynchburg, Va.
- April 10, 2016 - The Blue Ridge Special, Spencer, N.C., to Asheville, N.C.--SOLD OUT
- April 23 & 24, 2016 - The Roanoker, Greensboro, N.C. to Roanoke, Va.
- May 7 & 8, 2016 - The Powhatan Arrow, Roanoke, Va., to Lynchburg, Va.
- May 7 & 8, 2016 - The Pelican, Roanoke, Va., to Walton (Radford), Va.
- June 4 & 5, 2016 - The American, Manassas, Va., to Front Royal, Va.
Tickets go on sale to eligible donors on February 10 and to the general public on February 15. For excursion information and to sign up for email notifications, visit www.FireUp611.org.
Safety Car Theatre: Now showing "Going Home"
"Going Home," is a documentary produced by Norfolk Southern (1983) about the N&W Class J 611. Watch the 611 being built in the Roanoke Shops, restored for excursion service in 1982, and running under her own steam. Learn why this important engine is the Pride of Roanoke! (run time: 21 minutes, suitable for all ages.) Monday - Saturday showtimes: 11:15 am and 2:30 pm. Sunday showtimes: 2 pm. Showtimes subject to change. The safety car has a narrow hallway and is not wheelchair accessible.
Rail Yard Restoration Projects
The Museum has begun the cosmetic restoration of several pieces of rail equipment. The following are not on display, or may be intermittently closed, while work is in progress:
- N&W M-1 Railway Post Office Car
- Southern Pullman Sleeping Car "Lake Pearl" # 2422
- Pennsylvania Railroad GE GG-1 #4919
Roanoke Valley Model Engineers
The Roanoke Valley Model Engineers' ON3, HO, and N scale layouts are located in the basement of the Museum. The entrance is on the back of the Museum just off the Rail Walk and around the corner from the Jupiter Rocket. To drive to the back of the Museum, take Salem Avenue to 1-1/2 Street at Warehouse Row, turn left and head under the 2nd Street bridge to the back of the Museum. The Club's layouts are down the stairs. For more information...
International Plastic Modelers' Society, Roanoke Valley Chapter
Second and Fourth Thursdays, 7pm
The Chapter hosts builds and business meetings each month, as well as compteing in area shows. The entrance is on the back of the Museum just off the Rail Walk and around the corner from the Jupiter Rocket. To drive to the back of the Museum, take Salem Avenue to 1-1/2 Street at Warehouse Row, turn left and head under the 2nd Street bridge to the back of the Museum. The meeting room is up the stairs. For information, email Tim Ward, Chapter President.