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Virginia Museum of Transportation

303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA
540-342-5670
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Ranked #3 of 28 attractions in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Getting married
Owner description: Antique automobiles and trucks, electric and deisel locomotives, and vintage steam, are all part of the nostalgic show at this historic freight... more » Owner description: Antique automobiles and trucks, electric and deisel locomotives, and vintage steam, are all part of the nostalgic show at this historic freight station that doubles as a museum . « less
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If it has to do with "transportation" and "Virginia", it's thoroughly documented here, with an amazing assortment of trains in the "yard" adjacent to the Museum and the high hood & cab of an SD40 to get in....beyond that is a very interested "Aviation" section that includes the fuselage of a Jet Commander you can get inside! Greta gift shop..... More

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Mayfield, NY
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Enjoyed this museum very much. Video of the 611 w as excellent. Wish some of the train cars were open. One docent was excellent. Saw several big freights come by.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Wake up America you need to visit and support places like this they are preserving your heritage and it doesn't get much bigger than the two giant steam locomotives preserved here,along with loads of other impressive exhibits.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Got off to bad start with less than welcoming receptionist, however the Museum is filled with interesting stuff. i was mostly into the railroad section and it did not disappoint. Bumped into several volunteeers who were eager to talk about the museum artefacts and their own recollections, wonderful stuff. Enjoyed the close proximity to nearby railroad tracks and waving at... More

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Well wort the $8 entrance, particularly if your a railway buff, Very impressive model railway layout as you enter the museum, and volunteer staff to tell you about the many exhibits. There is an impressive collection of vintage cars and commercial vehicles Once again if your into railways you can spend time watching the Norfolk Southern Railroad marshalling yard activity... More

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Ruckersville, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Museum is a very interesting place to spend part of your day. The smallest section is on Bus transportation, Displaying models and photos of Greyhound and Trailways buses that operated throughout the area. The next small collection is the Aircraft area with a few airplanes and the gondola of a hot air baloon suspended from the ceiling. an interesting... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was my first visit to the Virginia Transportation museum in about 30 years - I grew up in Roanoke, and haven't been back to the museum since my school field trip days. The museum has an awesome collection of cars, trains, buses and related memorabilia relevant to this once-industrial railroad town. It's heaven for train and car buffs. The... More

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Toms River, New Jersey
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79 reviews 79 reviews
73 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised to find this small museum had a lot of informative, well-done displays on all modes of transportation. We saw quite a few very well restored railcars and engines and most of their rail equipment is displayed in a covered shed which we had not expected but were most grateful for as there was a torrential rainstorm... More

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Western PA
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92 reviews 92 reviews
33 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

They have so many pieces in the collection that it is a bit cramped, especially the trains. Seeing the NW Class J 611 before it heads off for restoration was great. People were very friendly--lots of volunteers. Definitely a place to visit when in this area.

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St Paul, MN
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Large collection of N&W and Virginian locomotives snd rolling stock. Rockets, autos... located near the city marketplace pub and restaurant district. Well described history of Virginia railroads on displays adjacent to the NS mainline through town.

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