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The Class J 611 is at the NC Transportation Museum through October 24.
Where is 611?

Virginia Science Festival School Preview Day
Friday, September 30

The Virginia Museum of Transportation partners with the Virginia Science Festival and the Science Museum of Western Virginia to welcome school groups for a hands-on investigation into transportation science. More information...

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day: Railroading
Saturday, October 1

Hands-on opportunity for scouts to spend the day at the VMT and earn the Railroading Merit Badge. Tour historic equipment, visit an operating locomotive, and go for a ride. Lunch and a VMT patch are included. Space is limited. Register through the Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Mountains Council.

Cars & Coffee
Saturday, October 22, 8 AM to noon
Museum open 10 am to 5 pm
Proud of your car? Display it at the VMT! Be one of the first fifty to register and enjoy coffee and free exclusive admission to the Museum starting at 8 AM (preview admission limited to a driver plus a maximum of three passengers per car). Cars will be parked inside the Museum's gates. Show your car off to Museum guests beginning at 10 AM. Museum visitors will vote for their favorite car with the winning car receiving an award at noon. Register early to guarantee your spot by calling Tracy Bishop at 540-492-2920 or Ron Vanderpool at 540-309-6945. There is no registration fee. More information...

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day: Truck Transportation
Saturday, October 29

Hands-on opportunity for scouts to spend the day at the VMT and earn the Truck Transportation Merit Badge. Visit a truck terminal and learn from trucking experts. Lunch and a VMT patch are included. Space is limited. Register through the Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Mountains Council.

Candy Cane Express
Saturday-Sunday, December 3-4

Train rides, model trains, special holiday activities, and SANTA! Stay tuned for more details...

 

 

 

Aviation BadgeBoy Scout Merit Badge Day: Aviation
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mark your calendars! This will be a hands-on opportunity for scouts to spend the day at the VMT and earn the Aviation Merit Badge. More details to come! Lunch and a VMT patch are included. Space is limited. Register through the Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Mountains Council.


Safety Car Theatre: Now showing "Going Home"
Ongoing
"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
Ongoing

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:

Roanoke Valley Model Engineers
Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm
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.