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!
Smithsonain Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 27, 10 am to 5 pm
In the spirit of the Smithsonian, VMT is participating in Museum Day again this year, along with hundreds of other museums across the country. Visit the Smithsonian Magazine's site to download a ticket for two free admissions for one day only. The ticket admits up to two people per household and must be presented at our front desk.
Advance Auto Parts Automotive Gallery closed for maintenance
October 2 through October 9
Virginia Science Festival
Saturday, October 11, 10 am to 2 pm
We're a part of the first ever Virginia Science Festival! Look for our Museum Educator on the Wells Fargo Lawn. Experience STEAM in a whole new way! Climb through an inflatable train, touch coal, shoot rockets, splash in water, and make matter change before your eyes! Answer a question to win a FREE child's admission pass to the Virginia Museum of Transportation!
Amtrak Exhibit Train
October 18 - 19
Excited about the return of passenger rail service to Roanoke? Come see Amtrak's Exhibit Train as a part of its national tour! Explore artifacts, memorabilia and interactive exhibits to learn the remarkable story of Amtrak's advancement in American passenger railroading and high-speed rail initiatives.
Candy Cane Express
Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7
A fun and affordable, family-friendly holiday event! Train rides, crafts, SANTA! and special activities.
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.