Candy Cane Express
December 5, 10 am to 5 pm; December 6, 1 to 5 pm
Discounted admission: $5 per person, members and children 2 and under free
Train rides are $3 per person per ride in addition to admission, children 2 and under are free
Affordable Holiday Fun! This is our biggest event of the year. Join us for...
- Train rides by the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society pulled by a historic diesel locomotive.
- The cab of the famous Class J 611 steam locomotive will be open: meet a member of the crew!
- Take pictures with Santa.
- Enjoy storytelling by Evvy the Grandma Elf and the Roanoke County Library Children's Department (Saturday only).
- The Roanoke Valley Model Engineers hold an open house in the Museum’s basement, with a layout that lets children operate the train.
- Craft station, food available for purchase, and free parking.
- Candy Cane Express is sponsored by BB&T and iHeartMedia.
Safety Car Theatre: Now showing "Going Home"
"Going Home," is a documentary produced by Norfolk Southern (1983) about the N&W Class J 611. Watch the 611 being built in the Roanoke Shops, restored for excursion service in 1982, and running under her own steam. Learn why this important engine is the Pride of Roanoke! (run time: 21 minutes, suitable for all ages.) Monday - Saturday showtimes: 11:15 am and 2:30 pm. Sunday showtimes: 2 pm. Showtimes subject to change. The safety car has a narrow hallway and is not wheelchair accessible.
Rail Yard Restoration Projects
The Museum has begun the cosmetic restoration of several pieces of rail equipment. The following are not on display, or may be intermittently closed, while work is in progress:
- N&W M-1 Railway Post Office Car
- Southern Pullman Sleeping Car "Lake Pearl" # 2422
- Pennsylvania Railroad GE GG-1 #4919
Roanoke Valley Model Engineers
The Roanoke Valley Model Engineers' ON3, HO, and N scale layouts are located in the basement of the Museum. The entrance is on the back of the Museum just off the Rail Walk and around the corner from the Jupiter Rocket. To drive to the back of the Museum, take Salem Avenue to 1-1/2 Street at Warehouse Row, turn left and head under the 2nd Street bridge to the back of the Museum. The Club's layouts are down the stairs. For more information...
International Plastic Modelers' Society, Roanoke Valley Chapter
Second and Fourth Thursdays, 7pm
The Chapter hosts builds and business meetings each month, as well as compteing in area shows. The entrance is on the back of the Museum just off the Rail Walk and around the corner from the Jupiter Rocket. To drive to the back of the Museum, take Salem Avenue to 1-1/2 Street at Warehouse Row, turn left and head under the 2nd Street bridge to the back of the Museum. The meeting room is up the stairs. For information, email Tim Ward, Chapter President.