Calendar

Racin and Roddin!

Mark your Calendar on September 23rd for Racin’ & Roddin’ INVITATIONAL Car Show, featuring: drag and nostalgia drag cars.

Meet & greet 11-time IHRA, NHRA, PDRA World Champion Rickie Smith and drag racing legend Steve Moths!

Swap meet spaces will be available for all!

Food and fun for racin’ and roddin’ fans of all ages!

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Train Lovers’ Day

TRAIN LOVERS DAY was a huge success! Thank you to our guests, volunteers and everyone who participated and made the day fun!

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.

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!

Summer Camps are back!

Register here!

THE 3RD N&W CLASS J 611 EXCURSION SEASON IS UNDERWAY!

Tickets are now on sale.

Class J 611 2017 Excursion schedule:

  • May 6, 2017: The Cavalier, Lynchburg, VA, to Petersburg, VA
  • May 7, 2017: The Cavalier, Lynchburg, VA, to Petersburg, VA
  • 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 Powhatan Arrow, Roanoke, VA, to Lynchburg, VA
  • May 29, 2017: The Pocahontas, Roanoke, VA, to Walton (Radford), VA

Click here for details, departure times and prices.