Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 2010 to highlight and promote Virginia’s rich railroad heritage. The region officially includes Alleghany, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, and Roanoke Counties, and the Cities of Bedford, Covington, Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Salem, as well as the towns in the region.

Historically, the region was home to the largest concentration of rail facilities in the state:

  • the famous shops of the Norfolk and Western Railway in Roanoke
  • the shops and yards of the Chesapeake and Ohio at Clifton Forge
  • the Southern Railway facilities at Monroe near Lynchburg
  • and the facilities of the Virginian Railway in Roanoke.

These railroads ran through the region, with the crossroads in Lynchburg. The region also contains the greatest concentration of rail heritage museums, sites, and societies. When planning your next trip, come celebrate and explore our wonderful rail heritage by visiting Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region.

Our Rail Heritage Region Partners:

Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society
David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk
O. Winston Link Museum
National Railway Historical Society, Blue Ridge Chapter
National Railway Historical Society, Roanoke Chapter
Norfolk & Western Historical Society


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