Excursion schedule for N&W Class J 611 when it returns to Roanoke May 30

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Excursion schedule for N&W Class J 611 when it returns to Roanoke May 30

Class J 611 to be included in Norfolk Southern Corporation’s 21st Century Steam Excursion program in June and July For nearly 20 years she’s sat silent, but on Saturday, May 30, the Norfolk & Western Class J 611™ Steam Passenger Locomotive, the most powerful steam passenger locomotive ever built, will triumphantly return to her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia under […]

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Watch Roanoke’s steam engine – fire up the J 611 Video

Friday, June 28, 2013

Watch Roanoke's steam engine - fire up the J 611 Video

“We are pleased to say that we can Fire Up 611! But the time is now and it will take fans of the 611 around the world to stoke her fire,” says Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr., executive director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation. “Today we are kicking off the official Fire Up 611! Capital […]

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Norfolk & Western Class J 611 restoration and excursion

Friday, February 22, 2013

Norfolk & Western Class J 611 restoration and excursion

February 22, 2013 – ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – The Virginia Museum of Transportation announced today that it is studying the feasibility of returning the iconic Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Steam locomotive to operating condition.  “The Class J 611 locomotive embodies both beauty and power,” says Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr., executive director of the Virginia […]

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Virginia Museum of Transportation gets a 50th birthday gift

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Virginia Museum of Transportation gets a 50th birthday gift

The gift of two steam engines from Roanoke City with the support of Norfolk Southern is a historical gem for Roanoke said Tom Jones, the museum’s board member and past president. “It’s an eventful day, it truly is.” At Monday’s council meeting the city’s 2004 lease of the two steam engines to the Virginia Museum […]

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National Train Day brings out the kid in everyone

Monday, May 10, 2010

National Train Day brings out the kid in everyone

If you didn’t have a camera in your hand on the railwalk Saturday you were in the minority. The bright blue skies made for a picture perfect day. Three museums celebrated National Train Day – the O.Winston Link Museum, the Virginia Museum of Transportation and the C&O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge. For the […]

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National Train Day at O. Winston Link Museum and VMT

Sunday, May 9, 2010

National Train Day at O. Winston Link Museum and VMT

More Rail Day photos – CLICK HERE. (Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region) – The three rail museums in Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region are teaming up on May 8, 2010 to provide special National Train Day activities for train fans of all ages. Visit the C&O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge and the O. Winston Link […]

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Free admission Saturday to the Virginia Museum of Transportation

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Free admission Saturday to the Virginia Museum of Transportation

CLICK HERE and download your free Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. Each card provides  useum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household. On Saturday, September 26, 2009, the Virginia Museum ofTransportation will participate in the fifth […]

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Virginia Museum of Transportation Saves the “Lost Engines of Roanoke”

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Virginia Museum of Transportation Saves the “Lost Engines of Roanoke”

(Roanoke, VA)— For nearly sixty years, one-of-a-kind examples of cherished American steam locomotives from the early Twentieth Century have languished in a Roanoke scrap yard. Today, the Virginia Museum of Transportation announces a partnership that will lead to the preservation of these locomotives and other rolling stock. Originally faced with a cost of $50,000 per […]

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Rail Day at the Virginia Museum of Transportation May 9

Friday, May 8, 2009

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, […]

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