Roanoke Valley Model Engineers Model Train Open House
Saturday, March 15, 10 am to 3 pm
The Roanoke Valley Model Engineers are holding their annual open house. Come visit their extensive, creative layouts located in the Museum's basement, plus a layout just for kids to run. The entrance is on the back (track side) of the Museum near the Rocket, and only accessible by stairs. Admission to the Model Train Open House is FREE, but regular admission fees apply to visit the Museum.
Blue Ridge Racers Reunion
Saturday, March 22
We’ll celebrate the heart and soul of car racing in Virginia.
The Country Garage
Opening Saturday, April 12
A new exhibit in the Advance Auto Parts Automotive Gallery celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Gas Station. Developed in partnership with the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation; Wayne Henderson, Petroleum Specialties, Inc.; Advance Auto Parts; Star City Motor Madness; and the Arnold Burton School for the Arts and Technology, Building Trades class.
Fire, EMS, and Rescue Day
Saturday, May 17
Sponsored by Carilion Clinic Emergency Services and celebrating Virginia’s first responders! Join us in this celebration of emergency services past, present, and future! If you own an EMS, Fire, and/or Rescue vehicle that you would like to have considered for display, please contact Peg McGuire. This special event will kick off EMS Week 2014
Wings and Wheels Summer Camps
June 9 - June 27
Summer Camp 2014 registration is now open!. Check here for information and to register your camper...
- Preschool camps: due to popular demand, we are offering three sessions: June 9-13, June 16-20, and June 23-27, 9:30 to 11:30 am. Members $70; nonmembers $85.
- Grades K-1 (completed): June 23-27, 9 am to 4 pm. Members $180; nonmembers $195.
- Grades 2-3 (completed): June 16-20, 9 am to 4 pm. Members $180; nonmembers $195.
- Grades 4-5 (completed): June 9-13, 9 am to 4 pm. Members $200; nonmembers $225.
- New! Friday Family Field Trip to the North Carolina Transporation Museum: Join us in July! Date and details to be announced.
African American N&W Rail Heritage Celebration Day
Saturday, June 21
A celebration of African Americans’ important contributions to the railroad. The event will be family-oriented during the day with music and activities. The evening will hold a celebration with a keynote speaker.
Star City Motor Madness
The biggest and best car event of the year, now in its 13th year! Learn more...
Saturday, August 9
The Virginia Museum of Transportation’s 3rd Annual Safety Day features community partners and safety messages. The only FREE admission day of the year.
Saturday, September 6
Celebrating grandchildren, grandparents and everyone in between. Train rides, crafts and fun.
Candy Cane Express
Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7
A family-friendly holiday event. Train rides, crafts, SANTA! and special activities.
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
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.
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.