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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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Best for the train enthusiast

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 17, 2015
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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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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Metuchen, New Jersey
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88 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Bring your camera; photographing is allowed and you'll be able to take great photos here. I had no interest in trains UNTIL entering this fabulous museum where I was allowed to climb aboard the real cab of diesel locomotive #15941 and listened to a recording with the actual voices of NS employees, engineers and dispatchers at work in real time.... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Saw my first Delorean. Really interesting museum with lots of amazing cars. Also, ships, planes and trains. The trains are huge.

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Salem, Virginia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

My favorite was the model train layout. The museum also has very interesting exhibits, including a number of vintage steam engines and cars. Definitely worth a visit

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Roanoke, VA
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71 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Roanoke has a great history as a railroad town and the museum does a nice job of capturing it. Nice collection of trains with the best to come in 2015 when the 611 steam locomotive steams back into Roanoke. Overall a nice collection of rolling stock as well as an automotive exhibit. Free parking and very reasonable entry fee. Should... More 

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Anchorage, AK
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17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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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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