Friday, May 8, 2009

Rail Day at the Virginia Museum of Transportation May 9

Rail and Transportation experts on hand for Rail Day at the Virginia Museum of Transportation

(Roanoke, VA)—Nearly a dozen experts and volunteer guides will be on hand at the Virginia Museum of Transportation for Rail Day on May 9, 2009. With a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, these individuals will tell stories, explain technology, give tours, and answer visitors’ questions. Rail Day celebrates Roanoke’s rail heritage and current advances in railroad technology. 303 Norfolk Avenue in Downtown Roanoke. Phone: 540/342.5670.

Louis Newton: mechanical engineer, rail historian, railroad book author, and Norfolk Southern retiree. Mr. Newton’s books, Rails Remembered Volumes 2, 3 and 4, are available at Destinations, the Museum Store. Noon-3pm in the Class J 611 Cab.

John Bernie: Former Norfolk Southern employee who worked extensively in Research Car 31 taking laser measurements of track conditions. 10am-4:30pm in Research Car 31.

Gary Dudley: Museum volunteer and rail fan with a love of the railroad extending back to his grandfather’s N&W career. 10am-noon in the SD-40 Cab or Class J 611 Cab.

Bev Fitzpatrick: Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation. 10am-4:30pm by the current the Norfolk Southern Equipment.

Gordon Hamilton: mechanical engineer, Norfolk Southern retiree, and officer in the Norfolk & Western Historical Society. 10am-noon in the SD-40 Cab or Class J 611 Cab.

Charles Hardy: Museum guide and former Norfolk Southern employee with seven years’ of intermodal experience, plus three hundred cumulative years of family experience as N&W employees. 10am-4:30pm in the Railyard.

Jim Fulghum: automobile collector and Museum guide. 10am-1pm in the Main Gallery.

Louise Scott: automobile collector and active participant in the Roanoke Valley Mopar Club (Chrysler). 11am-2pm  in the children’s craft area.

Bob Hudson: physicist and Model T Ford enthusiast. All day starting from the Front Plaza.

Richard and Debbie Ferron of K & B Carriage and Entertainment, Inc.: horse drawn carriage and wagon rides. 11am-3pm starting from the Front Plaza.

Other experts and volunteers have been invited but are not yet confirmed.

About the Virginia Museum of Transportation:

Home to two of the most powerful steam locomotives in existence today—the Class A 1218 and the Class J 611—the Virginia Museum of Transportation regularly attracts visitors of all ages from across the U.S. and 45 foreign countries. Through exhibits, artifacts, and an outstanding collection of rail equipment, cars, trucks, airplanes, and more, the Museum tells the rich story of Virginia’s transportation heritage. The Virginia Museum of Transportation is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Official Transportation Museum located in the historic N&W Freight Station at 303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016. Open Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. 540/342.5670.

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