Gov. McDonnell: Agreement returns passenger rail to Star City

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gov. McDonnell: Agreement returns passenger rail to Star City

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and Norfolk Southern Corporation have entered into an agreement to improve rail related infrastructure between Lynchburg and Roanoke. The improvements will allow passenger rail to once again serve the Roanoke Region. Governor McDonnell’s 2013 transportation funding plan was instrumental in funding the return of […]

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Valley Metro and Amtrak join in new reservation system

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Valley Metro and Amtrak are joining forces to offer a new, seamless process for reserving seats for travel on the Smart Way Connector bus from Roanoke and Blacksburg to Lynchburg, and on Amtrak to Washington, D.C. and points North. Persons traveling to Roanoke and Blacksburg via the Amtrak connection to Lynchburg may also reserve seats for continued ground transportation service […]

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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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Commonwealth Transportation Board OKs $3 million for Roanoke culvert

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Commonwealth Transportation Board OKs $3 million for Roanoke culvert

MORE information from Ms. McCarthy added and comment from city manager Chris Morrill: A call from Lynne McCarthy, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator at the Department of Rail and Public Transportation just now confirmed that the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted and approved $3 million dollars or half of the cost for replacing the culvert to support the […]

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Half the cost for the $6 million culvert may be on its way

Friday, May 10, 2013

Half the cost for the $6 million culvert may be on its way

It’s possible Roanoke City will know in June whether the state will pay half of the cost for replacing the culvert to support the weight of the passenger train, said Senator John Edwards. When the Commonwealth Transportation Board meets in June they will make the decision to help Roanoke City by paying $3 million dollars […]

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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 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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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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