Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Roanoke’s Railroad Heritage Webcam

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center and The Virginia Tech Foundation Launch Tourism Website
. Provides Path to Explore, Learn and Access Roanoke’s Rich Railroad Heritage – CLICK HERE (viewer may download the first time).
Thank you, Michael Quonce, Public Relations & Advertising Manager of the The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center for notifying me of this REALLY COOL Webcam – so check it out! The link will stay available on the RIGHT under Miscellaneous Links along with the Mill Mountain Star Webcam.
ROANOKE, VA. (June 16, 2008) — All aboard!
The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center and the Virginia Tech Foundation have launched a tourism web site promoting the transportation that brought tourists and visitors to the Roanoke Valley 125 years ago.
Located on top of The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, the railcam looks out over more than four tracks of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad and gives a glimpse into Roanoke’s history, the downtown skyline and Mill Mountain.
. provides the path to explore, learn and access Roanoke’s rich railroad heritage with direct links to the O.Winston Link Museum, Virginia Transportation Museum, The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center and The Norfolk and Western Historical Society. From O. Winston Link’s stunning photography displays located in the historic Norfolk & Western Passenger Station and the vintage locomotives exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, to the historic Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center founded and built by the railroad in 1882, is the premier site for remote train watching in Roanoke, Virginia.
“This site is a celebration of Roanoke’s heritage and provides visitors and residents the opportunity to learn the history of the railroad in the Roanoke Valley,” said Dr. Raymond D. Smoot, Jr., Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Tech Foundation. “I invite everyone to visit, learn and enjoy the bustling railroad that has been an integral part in the history and development of the Roanoke Valley.”

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center has also created a Train Lover’s Package with accommodations overlooking the railroad, breakfast for two in the Regency Room, and a commemorative history mug and book to help tourists easily access the Valley.
“This is a unique opportunity for tourists, residents and visitors to experience how Roanoke became what it is today,” said Gary Walton, general manager of The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. “The Hotel and many of us wouldn’t be here if not for Frederick J. Kimball and Norfolk and Western (today Norfolk and Southern).”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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