The Virginia Museum of Transportation announces that the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Steam Passenger Locomotive—known affectionately as the Spirit of Roanoke—has moved to the North Carolina Transportation Museum for a complete restoration. Anticipated completion is Spring 2015. Join us on April 23 for a bus trip to tour the restoration! Learn more and donate here...
IN ROANOKE, the Norfolk & Western Railway designed and built America's most advanced steam locomotives.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation's outstanding rail collection includes the only remaining examples of the N&W's legendary success: the N&W Class A 1218 and the Class J 611(currently offsite for restoration). The N&W Class Y6a 2156, the last of the N&W Big Three, comes home to Roanoke in early 2015!
In our Rail Yard, explore historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, and other rail equipment as modern trains rumble past. Inside the Museum, enjoy model trains and hands-on exhibits, stroll among our antique automobiles, and explore our truck, bus, and aviation exhibits!