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Virginia Museum of Transportation

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Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA
Phone Number: 540-342-5670
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Description: Antique automobiles and trucks, electric and deisel locomotives, and...
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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Virginia Museum of Transportation

If you love railroading this is the place to see many old locomotives and such which are gathered about the grounds. There are other aspects of transportation represented here as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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20 reviews 20 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

If you love railroading this is the place to see many old locomotives and such which are gathered about the grounds. There are other aspects of transportation represented here as well, but for the train lover this place is excellent. And for a specific mention regarding one of the volunteers, Charles Hardy, if you wish to know about local trains... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

There were some trains you were allowed to climb up on, others you weren't. The lack of signage throughout the outdoor area with all the trains made it hard to know what you could and could not get a closer look at. There was a variety of land-based transportation items to look at, and the model train in the in... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Like the Link, this is a fine activity for small children, maybe not as much for teens. The old trains out back are wonderful.

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Lost Creek, West Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Was a little boring for us, as adults. None of the train cars were open to tour. But the children we saw there seemed to enjoy it.

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Dunnellon, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The collection of railroad rollingstock is more than enough reason to visit and that is the major draw. It is rare to see multiple specimens of Superpower Steam all under one roof but here it is. The first and second generation diesel locomotives are also unique to the area. This is a 'transportation' museum thus the inferior modes are also... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We love taking our young children here and the exhibits always seem to have something for them. Some of the trains, vehicles and just the cool building are worth the admission price alone. The exhibit on bus memorabilia is incredibly cool. I would pay just to see that. All that said, the whole experience leaves you thinking the museum is... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Go and find out how Roanoke was formed. If you are a train buff Roanoke and this have to be on your bucket list. As the last steam driven railroad you will wander past machines of a by gone era.

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Charlottesville
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

My kids loved this museum. Lots of hands on stuff about trains and cars! They spent tons of time in the train engine. They loved all of the model trains too. There was a whole room full of antique cars. Be sure to check out the railroad crossing on the outside!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This was such a great stop! They had trains you could walk around, and some on; planes with a 1965 private jet cabin you could get into, cool cars to see (VT's robot car, a DeLaurean, and an electric car from the 30s!); a super fantastic train model. It was well worth the trip and well worth a return trip.... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

January and freezing cold means no lines and few to bump into inside. I especially enjoyed the car museum part and the old posters and signs. The bus and airplane sections were also very well done. It made me desire more knowledge to better understand the details of trains. An excellent time!

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