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Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Restoration
Steaming home on May 30!
611 has been undergoing a complete restoration at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC, thanks to support from Norfolk Southern and many donors worldwide. Her fans are invited to visit the NCTM and watch the progress! Behind the scenes tours are offered most Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm (check dates before you travel). Or join us on a Bus Trip to Spencer on April 23--scroll down for information!

Once completed, 611 will return to its home here at the Virginia Museum of Transportation on Saturday May 30. For information, excursion dates, destinations, and ticket prices, visit Fire Up 611!

611 will be on display on May 30-31, and then will be in transit and pulling excursions in June and July. She will be back at the Museum after the Fourth of July weekend.

REGISTER NOW for Summer Camp!
Learn more and register...

  • For Pre-K: ZOOM Camp, June 15-19, and GO Camp, July 27-31
  • For K-1: Going Places/Jobs in Transportation, July 13-17
  • For youth affected by Asperger's syndrome in grades 6-10: Giddy Up and All Aboard!, July 20-24

Spring Forward 611 Bus Trip!
Thursday, April 23
Nonmembers: $55/ Members: $50
You've been meaning to go! Join us on a bus trip to the North Carolina Transportation Museum to see our Class J 611 in her final stages of restoration. Trip includes charter bus transportation, admission to the NCTM and a train ride, a box lunch, and a tour of the restoration presented by our mechanical team! Departs from the VMT at 7:30 am and returns approximately 6 pm. The bus is not handicapped accessible. Buy your tickets online or print a form to mail in, or contact Courtney Plaster at 540-342-5670 ext. 108 if you have questions or to register by phone.

Roanoke Valley Model Engineers Celebrate National Train Day
Saturday May 9, 10 am to 5 pm
It only happens a couple of times a year... Roanoke Valley Model Engineers Open House! Their O, HO, On30, and N scale layouts are always changing, always growing. Plus a layout for children to run! The club's layouts are located in the Museum's basement, with an entrance in the back near the Rocket. Open House admission is FREE, although regular Museum admission applies for patrons who also visit the Museum. Learn more about the Roanoke Valley Model Engineers...

N&W Class Y6a 2156 Returns!
Anticipated in Spring 2015
Built in Roanoke but in St. Louis since 1959, the last of the N&W Big Three returns to Roanoke to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in 2015. No. 2156 is on loan from the Museum of Transport. Dates will be posted when known. For 2156 fans, merchandise is already here!

African American Norfolk & Western Heritage Celebration
Saturday, June 20
This annual celebration highlights the many contributions that African Americans have made to the rail industry, and to the Norfolk & Western and Norfolk Southern.

VMT Annual Meeting
June 25 at noon
All members are invited to the Annual Meeting.

Star City Motor Madness
Cruise-in June 26; Car & Truck Show June 27
Star City Motor Madness is a celebration of America’s passion for the automobile and the love of cruising. The event enters its 14th year in 2015 and is held annually on the last Friday and Saturday in June. Star City Motor Madness draws from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Through fees from the participants and donations from sponsors, the event raises money for the Virginia Museum of Transportation as well as other non-profit organizations. For spectators, all activities are free! Learn more...

Boy Scout Community Event: STEM, History and Art at the Transportation Museum
September 5, 10 am - 2 pm
For more information, visit the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Mountains Council.

Boy Scout Event: Railroading Merit Badge Day
October 3, 10 am - 2 pm
For more information, visit the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Mountains Council.

Boy Scout Event: Truck Transportation Merit Badge Day
November 7, 10 am - 2 pm
For more information, visit 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.