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Virginia Museum of Transportation

Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA
Phone Number: 540-342-5670
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Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Getting married
Owner description: Antique automobiles and trucks, electric and deisel locomotives, and vintage steam, are all part of...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Getting married
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 .

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Anchorage, AK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Although the train exhibit was covered very well my favorite part of the museum was the cars. Seeing classic cars from various era's was great. They cover all aspects of transportation and how important Roanoke was in the area. Plan on spending a few hours.

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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Roanoke has been a transportation hub for a long time. Jumping off point to Midwest West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee n Ohio. Lots of great exhibits of our trains througt the last 150 years

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Free parking, minimal entry fee and so much to see especially if you like railroad equipment. The N&W 611 and 1218 are there. The 611 is currently away being restored to make it a functional steam locomotive. It will be used for steam excursions upon its return in the spring of 2015.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wonderful place to learn and reflect on how we move. The trains on display and the train layout inside is reason enough to visit but there are some other exhibits as well. Great for families and anyone wanting to see some pretty cool "things that go."

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

His documentation of Steam Engines in the 50's is a delight to Railroad buffs as well as common folks.

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Springfield, Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Got an hour to kill in downtown Roanoke? The transportation museum is a good choice. This small museum has displays of all the main forms of transportation: cars, bus, planes, ships, and especially trains. Roanoke has a long history as a rail center and is still a major center for the Norfolk Southern Railway. The display of trains is the... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia, USA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The latest visit was about 2 years ago. I do not have kids, so my appraisal is influenced by that fact. I have been less than impressed by this facility. It shows lots of pictures and has some big train engines and rail cars (Roanoke became famous for being a major rail hub in this part of the nation). Maybe... More 

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North Garden, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The automobile section is fairly small but has a good representation of the changes in road transportation. Some of the exhibits feel more like the final home of wayward machines than a display of history. The aviation section is a total joke. The few exhibits they have should be transferred to real aviation museums where at least they could become... More 

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Stockton, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Went here expecting to see up close railroad stock but found all are closed to on hand viewing. You only get to walk around and view stock. Been to several other train museums and all were hands on where you could tour stock. West Sacramento California has a excellent one.This museum just doesn't impress at all.

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Roanoke, Va
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Don't miss the tour. The guides are so nice and knowledgeable and makes the visit so spectacular. We go very year and are never disappointed.

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