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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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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Getting married
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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We were there the weekend the J611 was arriving back in Roanoke after being restored. Since it would not arrive til later in the afternoon, this was a great way to spend a few... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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221 reviews 221 reviews
60 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We were there the weekend the J611 was arriving back in Roanoke after being restored. Since it would not arrive til later in the afternoon, this was a great way to spend a few hours. There were some very interesting engines there both steam and diesel. The model train layout was very interesting as well and there were a lot... More 

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richmond,virginia
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The VMT has so much history of the Transportation system, and , in particular, TRAINS!! My hubby has made our whole family train lovers, and the VMT is NOT to be missed! Our favorite of all is the 1218 steam engine, which we have actually had the privilege of riding behind on 3 occasions. She is now stored there, along... More 

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Manchac, Louisiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I came here on my most recent trip to virginia. The building contains buses, trains, vehicles, and planes. You can see model trains, cars from the thirties and forties. If you are ever in the area, you should definitely try this place.

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Herndon, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My 5-year old loves trains and this was an excellent stop on our road trip. My 8-year old daughter also enjoyed it. It's a lovely museum with displays inside and out. It had more than just trains but that is what we focused on. Too bad their main engine was not in. Nice little car collection, you get to sit... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The collection of historic Virginia and Norfolk Southern Steam engines and diesels make this a railway buffs heaven.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a great collection of railroad engines made possible by Norfolk Southern railway and their long history in Roanoke. The engines are very impressive, and the rail-stock has been lovingly restored. The automobiles are also wonderful reminders of what life was like in the past. Especially interesting was the combination ambulance/ hearse. The museum could benefit from an infusion... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Emphasis on railroads but with a nice aviation exhibit and a rotating auto exhibit. Significant displays of local railroading including locomotives and cars, many of which are accessible. Much revised and improved over the VMT of 5-10 years ago.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

There are certainly better transport museums in the US, but this one is pretty fine; good for a two-hour look for sure. There's a dandy selection of automobiles and a large (but messy) collection of locomotives. The staff are very welcoming.

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Troutville, Virginia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Even though our son, daughter in law, and grandkids live in Northern VA, with much larger museums, they loved coming here. There is a lot to see, from cars, to a circus exhibit, to lots of trains! I think they liked being able to go outside and get up close to some big trains and climb on some. They are... More 

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Knoxville, TN
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I had family visiting Roanoke and took them to the Virginia Museum of Transportation. They loved it. There is so much history of the railroad, air travel, bus travel, and a collection of old cars. Currently there is a display of the contribution of the African Americans who worked for the RR in Roanoke. It is a well done tribute... More 

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