Class J 611 returns to the VMT in early August
In June and July, 611 will be at the North Carolina Transportation Museum for a series of special events and opportunities..
Where is 611?
VMT Annual Membership Meeting
June 23, 12 noon
Star City Motor Madness
A celebration of America’s passion for the automobile and the love of cruising
June 24 - 25
Star City Motor Madness is one of the biggest automotive events In the Mid-Atlantic, now entering its 15th year! For spectators all activities are FREE!
Friday, June 24, 6 to 10PM
Cruise Williamson Road, Roanoke's main drag for cruising since the 1950s. Open to any “classic” or “special interest” car that creates a feeling of nostalgia, stimulates a memory or fulfills a fantasy. Spectators are invited to line both sides of Williamson Road to enjoy the cruise, but please use side streets to reach your destination on Williamson Road to leave the road open for cruising vehicles. Outside lanes are open only to cruising vehicles.
Cruise Central at Berglund Credit Line (Former Woodson Pontiac Dealership): 3926 Williamson Road
Food vendor, DJ, and parking for Cruisers
A one-time $10 charge for cruiser parking may be paid at Berglund Credit Line. Parking is limited. Overflow parking is across the street for $5. Those wishing to show their car the next day may register Friday night at Berglund Credit Line or pre-register beforehand.
CAR & TRUCK SHOW
Saturday, June 25, 10AM to 4PM
Car and truck show will be held in downtown Roanoke over many city blocks. Enjoy hundreds of vehicles from antiques to hot rods to motorcycles, after market and vendor displays, and silent auction.
Meet special guests: former NASCAR driver Bobby Allison and NASCAR artist Sam Bass. During the course of his career, Bobby Allison accumulated so many victories that he is the fourth all-time winning driver. Sam Bass is best known for his illustrations which capture drivers along their career milestones. Bass’ designs have adorned more than 250 race teams’ cars.
Star City Motor Madness is an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Through fees from the participants and donations from sponsors, the event raises money for the Virginia Museum of Transportation as well as other non-profit organizations.
For more information, visit Star City Motor Madness
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.