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Virginia Museum of Transportation

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Address: 303 Norfolk Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016-3620
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Great Museum!

Having a love of transportation, we stopped here on our short visit to the area. It made the trip so much more amazing! The variety of vehicles and trains on display here is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having a love of transportation, we stopped here on our short visit to the area. It made the trip so much more amazing! The variety of vehicles and trains on display here is wonderful. Great for kids and adults alike.

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Springville, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They had a huge variety of modes of transportation. Everything from some of the first firetrucks, horse drawn, to steam engines and the famous 611 train, not to mention a whole section on aircraft. It's a good place for kids of all ages. It's a nice place to visit and see. They even have a large working model train section.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit, particularly for train lovers and young kids. Dress to accommodate changing temperatures--this museum is both indoors and out. Aviation gallery has a small plane kids can enter; small playground outside; auto gallery has expanded considerably in recent years; train layouts had wonderful updates for the holidays (decorations). Gift shop often has interesting T-shirts and books about... More 

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Knoxville Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good collection of rail rolling stock including s GG-1 and automobiles designed by Raymond Lowery. Our second visit and there is still a lot to learn standing beside the monstrous engines some of which are operable! No museum of railroad memorabilia can ever be everything to everybody. But you can sit at the controls of a Diesel engine, see... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wish we could have gone in more of the trains outside but other than that it's a cool place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you're on a train from the station or just viewing the exhibits, it's a great way to spend time, alone or with young family members.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Roanoke is a railroad town, and the museum's superb collection of rolling stock is well known, especially its crown jewel, N&W's 611 steam locomotive. But the other locomotives and cars are equally jaw dropping. The surprise, however, is how encompassing the museum embraces ALL forms of transportation - automobiles, ships and aviation. Especially intriguing is the intercity bus exhibit. We... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

This place is great for $10 or less. You can spend 1-3 hours easily. I mostly explored the trains, but they have about 30+ old cars and a section on planes as well. The train layout (O-gauge) is huge, around 24ft by 60ft. Even a lower section for small children to see many trains running in different settings. Going outside... More 

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Daleville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

Roanoke has a long history as a railroad town. But this museum goes beyond rail, even displaying electric cars from the 1910's. Great stop for kids and adults, a must-see while visiting Roanoke.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

Came here with five grandkids, the oldest was three. We all loved it. they loved all the train displays, the kids playroom, outside play area. Also, just standing by the fence watching all the railroad traffic was popular. Great displays on aviation, buses and cars as well.

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