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Virginia Museum of Transportation

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Address: 303 Norfolk Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016-3620
Phone Number: +1 540-342-5670
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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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Fun, and educational

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Daleville, Virginia
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Daleville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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Oakton, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has spent considerable time and effort on their collection of prototype equipment. It's really amazing to get up close to the historic pieces. The inside needs some updating to keep on par with other museums charging the admission price they are asking for.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not into trains and even I enjoyed it. I am sure our kids would have loved going but it was an Anniversary trip. Lots to see and we got great pictures.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A gem there in Roanoke, worth every minute for train buffs especially, but something there for everyone; kiddies too! Classic and historical engine displays let you get up close and personal and provides a great education into not just Virginia rails but also how diesels came into play and doomed steam. One of the last working steam engines is on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great activity for families locals, visiting or newly moved to area. We usually go two to three times a year. My children at 10 and 12 now still cant get enough. Trains, Autos and now Planes!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum with a large collection of locomotives. The most impressive part of the place is outside where you get to see up close a J (passenger), Ya and A class (freight) steam locomotives. For those that want to see the heaviest and most sleek locomotives of the past this is a great find and encounter. They also have some... More 

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Howell, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I picked this spot for my hubby, knowing that he would enjoy it. It was great! There was a little bit of everything at the museum. A model train exhibit, a circus display, railroad and bus transportation memorabilia, antique car exhibit and the best part by far was the locomotives in display out in the yard! Massive engines, red caboose,... More 

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Truly enjoyed getting "up close and personal" with engines and historic rail vehicles. Great celebration of 20th century railroads and their contribution to Virginia's economic development and culture. Interesting display of two of the extremely rare automobiles built in Virginia. Recommended addition - the critical role of railroads in 19th century Virginia. Appreciated all the convenient locations for those who... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been in Roanoke several times prior to this visit and having never had the opportunity to stop in the museum, this was my chance. It's a great place to visit and has a wonderful array of exhibits ranging from models to the real thing, encompassing air, road, and rail transportation. Dress appropriately for the weather when going to see... More 

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