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Wings and Wheels Summer Camps Registration is now open!
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  • Preschool camps: due to popular demand, we are offering three sessions: June 9-13, June 16-20, and June 23-27, 9:30 to 11:30 am. Members $70; nonmembers $85.
  • Grades K-1 (completed): June 23-27, 9 am to 4 pm. Members $180; nonmembers $195.
  • Grades 2-3 (completed): June 16-20, 9 am to 4 pm. Members $180; nonmembers $195.
  • Grades 4-5 (completed): June 9-13, 9 am to 4 pm. Members $200; nonmembers $225.
  • New! Friday Family Field Trip to the North Carolina Transporation Museum: Join us in July! Date and details to be announced.

Fueling Progress
Opening Saturday, April 12

$5 per person; members and children 2 and under admitted free
A new exhibit in the Advance Auto Parts Automotive Gallery celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Gas Station. One hundred years ago, the country lurched forward into a modern age, the age of mobility, innovation, and massive growth. The gas station fueled the progress. Come celebrate the stops we made along the way. Developed in partnership with the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation; Wayne Henderson, Petroleum Specialties, Inc.; Advance Auto Parts; Star City Motor Madness; and the Arnold Burton School for the Arts and Technology, Building Trades class. Sponsored by Berglund Automotive Group.

Fire, EMS, and Rescue Day  
Saturday, May 17
  
$5 per person; All EMS and First Responders and their families admitted free
Sponsored by Carilion Clinic Emergency Services and celebrating Virginia’s first responders! Join us in this celebration of emergency services past, present, and future! If you own an EMS, Fire, and/or Rescue vehicle that you would like to have considered for display, please contact Peg McGuire. This special event will kick off EMS Week 2014

Annual Membership Meeting  
Tuesday, May 20 at noon
  
All members are invited to attend. Please RSVP.

The Queen of Steam leaves for Spencer, NC--and it's a party!  
Saturday, May 24
  
Let the restoration begin! 611 leaves the VMT on May 24 and arrives at the North Carolina Transportation Museum on May 29 for Streamliners at Spencer, May 29 - June 1. Restoration will begin shortly thereafter..

African American N&W Rail Heritage Celebration Day  
Saturday, June 21

A celebration of African Americans’ important contributions to the railroad. The event will be family-oriented during the day with music and activities. The evening will hold a celebration with a keynote speaker. 

Star City Motor Madness  
June 27-28
  
The biggest and best car event of the year, now in its 13th year! Learn more...

Safety Day
Saturday, August 9
 
The Virginia Museum of Transportation’s 3rd Annual Safety Day features community partners and safety messages.  The only FREE admission day of the year. 

Grandparents’ Day  
Saturday, September 6

Celebrating grandchildren, grandparents and everyone in between. Train rides, crafts and fun. 

Candy Cane Express   
Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7

A family-friendly holiday event. Train rides, crafts, SANTA! and special activities.  

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.

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.