May 29 is the anniversary of of the day 611 rolled out of the shops in 1950! Join us at the VMT this Memorial Day for a very special Birthday Party! We will have cupcakes provided by Viva La Cupcake – Treat Boutique, and door prizes (while supplies last). The party is 10:30am-3pm and anyone with museum admission is welcome to attend. Don’t forget, if you’re riding 611 that day, you get free admission!

We had so much fun participating in the Roanoke Harry Potter Festival! Thank you to everyone who came out to make it such a “magical” day!

Harry, Hermione, Ron, McGonagall, Bellatrix, and Hagrid all came to visit us here at the VMT!
This budding Wizard got to Duel with Bellatrix!
Arthur Weasley and Bellatix find a moment to get along for this picture!
McGonagall take Hagrid through Platform 9 3/4!

The 3rd N&W Class J 611 Excursion season is underway!

Tickets are now on sale.

Class J 611 2017 Excursion schedule:

  • May 27, 2017: The Powhatan Arrow, Roanoke, VA, to Lynchburg, VA
  • May 27, 2017: The Pocahontas, Roanoke, VA, to Walton (Radford), VA
  • May 28, 2017: The Powhatan Arrow, Roanoke, VA, to Lynchburg, VA
  • May 28, 2017: The Pocahontas, Roanoke, VA, to Walton (Radford), VA
  • May 29, 2017: The Pocahontas, Roanoke, VA, to Walton (Radford), VA
  • May 29, 2017: The Pocahontas, Roanoke, VA, to Walton (Radford), VA

Click here for details, departure times and prices

The fundraising continues! Now our emphasis shifts to keeping 611 operational and protected for future generations. We anticipate beginning construction soon on her new home. Learn more and donate here…
IN ROANOKE, the Norfolk & Western Railway designed and built America’s most advanced steam locomotives.

Enjoy the best of N&W steam, together for the first time in 50 years: N&W Class A 1218, Class J 611 (currently at NC Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC), and Class Y6a 2156 (on loan from the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis).

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!

611: American icon now available in our museum store and online!

New merchandise arrives frequently in our Museum Store and our online store.

Announcing Andrew’s Fund for Children

Andrew McKeever

In memory of Andrew Hayes McKeever who loved trains and the VMT. Contributions to Andrew’s Fund provide free or discounted admission to nonprofit groups serving low-income children.

Learn more about Andrew and the Fund, and donate…

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