The Class J 611 is at the Virginia Museum of Transportation through the first of the year.
Where is 611?
Candy Cane Express
Saturday-Sunday, December 3-4
It's almost time for the Candy Cane Express! Join us on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 for this annual event! Santa will be here to meet and greet the children, there will be Roanoke Chapter of the NRHS train rides behind a historic diesel locomotive, model trains will be up and running, there will be a photo booth, craft activities, Evvie the Elf, Roanoke County Library will present a holiday story, toys, books and gifts in the museum store and lots and lots of family fun! Regular admission applies, train rides are an additional $3 per person.
Boy 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"
"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.