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Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Restoration
Anticipated completion in Spring 2015
611 has moved to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC for a complete restoration, thanks to support from Norfolk Southern and many donors worldwide. Her fans are invited to visit the NCTM and watch the progress! Behind the scenes tours are offered most Fridays and Saturdays (check dates before you travel). Once completed, 611 will return to its home here at the Virginia Museum of Transportation and begin pulling excursions in Spring 2015. Dates, destinations, and ticket prices will be announced in early 2015. For more information, visit Fire Up 611!

Train Lovers' Day
Saturday, February 14
Everybody loves trains, and everybody loves TRAIN RIDES! Join us for a day of family fun celebrating our region's rail heritage.

We Love 611 Bus Trip and Tour!
Friday, February 20, 7 am to 6 pm
Travel with us to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC, for an up-close tour of the restoration of the N&W Class J 611 Steam Passenger Locomotive on Friday, February 20!

The day trip includes round trip transportation by charter bus, a box lunch, admission to the North Carolina Transportation Museum, a train ride on the museum’s grounds and a presentation and tour of 611’s restoration by a member of the Fire Up 611! Committee. Participants will be allowed in the restoration bay and will meet the mechanical team. Pictures are encouraged!

The bus will begin boarding at the Virginia Museum of Transportation at 7 am and depart promptly at 7:30 am, returning to Roanoke by 6 pm. Unfortunately, the bus is not handicap accessible. Travel to Spencer is approximately 2.5 hours. The bus will not make stops between Roanoke and Spencer.

Limited seats available. Cost is $50 for Museum Members and $55 for non-members. Children under the age of 18 are required to travel with an adult. Register online, or print this form and mail or bring to the Museum.

Girl Scout Event: Daisy Day
Saturday, February 28, 10am - 1pm
A Saturday filled with Daisy fun! Daisies will have lots of hands-on activities involving planes, trains, and automobiles. Participants get a Virginia Museum of Transportation patch! $10/girl, $5/adult, and bring your lunch. Registration is through the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council and closes February 20.

Girl Scout Seniors Event: Women Leaders in Transportation
Saturday, March 14, 11am - 2pm
Seniors will get an up-close and personal look at what it takes to be a woman in a leadership role in transportation. Activities will explore careers working in the rail, aviation, and automotive industries. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Participants get a Virginia Museum of Transportation patch! $13/girl, $7/adult. Registration is through the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council and closes March 6.

N&W Class Y6a 2156 Returns!
Anticipated in Spring 2015
Built in Roanoke but in St. Louis since 1959, the last of the N&W Big Three returns to Roanoke to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in early 2015. Dates will be posted when known. For 2156 fans, merchandise is already here!

African American Norfolk & Western Heritage Celebration
Saturday, June 20
This annual celebration highlights the many contributions that African Americans have made to the rail industry, and to the Norfolk & Western and Norfolk Southern.

Star City Motor Madness
Cruise-in June 26; Car & Truck Show June 27
Star City Motor Madness is a celebration of America’s passion for the automobile and the love of cruising. The event enters its 14th year in 2015 and is held annually on the last Friday and Saturday in June. Star City Motor Madness draws from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. 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 spectators, all activities are free! Learn more...

Boy Scout Community Event: STEM, History and Art at the Transportation Museum
September 5, 10 am - 2 pm
For more information, visit the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Mountains Council.

Boy Scout Event: Railroading Merit Badge Day
October 3, 10 am - 2 pm
For more information, visit the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Mountains Council.

Boy Scout Event: Truck Transportation Merit Badge Day
November 7, 10 am - 2 pm
For more information, visit the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Mountains Council.

Safety Car Theatre: Now showing "Going Home"
Ongoing
"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
Ongoing

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:

Roanoke Valley Model Engineers
Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm
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.