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Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Restoration
Anticipated completion in Spring 2015
611 has moved to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC for a complete restoration, 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 Fridays through Sundays. Once completed, 611 will return to its home here at the Virginia Museum of Transportation and begin pulling excursions in Spring 2015. Dates, destinations, and ticket prices will be announced in early 2015. For more information, visit Fire Up 611!

We are a Blue Star Museum!  
Memorial Day through Labor Day

This free admission program for active duty military and their immediate families is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. For a map of all 2000+ Blue Star Museum and more information, visit Blue Star Museums

Grandparents’ Day  
Saturday, September 6

Sponsored by AARP
Discounted admission: $5 per person. VMT members, AARP members with card, and children 2 and under are free.
Train rides: $3 per person. Children 2 and under ride free.

Celebrating grandchildren, grandparents and everyone in between. Free gift for the first 250 guests, and free ice cream for everybody! Train rides by the Roanoke Chapter NRHS, Roanoke Valley Model Engineers Open House, crafts and fun! Free parking in the Brandon Lot and food will be available for purchase.  

Cub Scout Overnight at the Museum
September 12, 6:30 pm to September 12, 10 am
Cub Scouts will immerse themselves in a behind the scenes look at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. On Friday night and Saturday morning, Cub Scouts will participate in hands-on experiences in all things transportation. For more information and to register, visit the Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Mountains Council.

Amtrak Exhibit Car
October 18 - 19
Excited about the return of passenger rail service to Roanoke? Come see Amtrak's exhibit car as a part of its national tour!

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.