Alphonzo Holland remembered for his N&W years

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Alphonzo Holland remembered for his N&W years

Alphonzo Holland passed away Saturday, December 12, at the age of 98. He worked at Norfolk and Western railroad for 46 years. A quote hangs on the wall at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. “At first we had a segregated union … then we got sick leave, vacation and hospitalization. When I first worked on […]

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Norfolk Southern Office Building hits the market

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Norfolk Southern Office Building hits the market

Replacing the jobs and activity for downtown is a top priority for Roanoke City. The loss of jobs and the economic activity it brought to downtown businesses was hard to swallow when Norfolk Southern moved their headquarters. Roanoke’s history as a railtown took a blow. The city hopes new life will come to the building […]

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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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Rep. Goodlatte and Griffith blame “war on coal” for Norfolk Southern jobs relocation

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) and Morgan Griffith (VA-09) issued the following statement today reacting to the news that Norfolk Southern Corp. will be closing its office building in Roanoke, impacting the jobs of all 500 employees working there: “Norfolk Southern came to our region more than 130 years ago with the primary purpose of moving […]

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Delegate Sam Rasoul criticizes Norfolk Southern’s decision to relocate jobs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Delegate Sam Rasoul criticizes Norfolk Southern's decision to relocate jobs

As reported in The Roanoke Times and other local media this morning a shocked Roanoke citizenry was slapped, shocked and angered at Norfolk Southern’s decision to relocate all its downtown building employees to Norfolk and Atlanta. On Facebook Roanokers wrote that they felt betrayed by the railroad that defined Roanoke’s beginnings and that Roanokers had […]

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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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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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