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“For the Rail Road Buff with other transport covered”

Virginia Museum of Transportation
Ranked #2 of 71 things to do in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 .
Reviewed July 8, 2013

For anyone who enjoys a closeup look at some marvelous railroad rolling stock, VMT is a great stop. Other forms of transport are included.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

So much to see -- an absolute MUST if you are a train buff. Very friendly staff and also very interactive displays.

Thank M B
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Was thrilled to find this Museum, spent hours walking around the vintage cars and old trains, very pleased with whole experience.

Thank Suzannejones
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Located near Norfolk Southern’s active railroad facilities and the excellent O. Winston Link Museum, the Virginia Museum of Transportation has an impressive collection of iconic steam and diesel engines. Although some of the steam engines allow visitors to climb up to the engine cabs, but we didn't see any similar opportunities for the diesel collection – a shame, because there are many impressive early-mid generation engines on display. The museum in general appears fairly tired and like many museums, could benefit from some modernization (we noticed that kids and other family looked pretty bored tagging behind the Dads). Beyond the outdoor railroad exhibit, we didn't linger long on the interior displays based on other non-railroad transportation. There is free parking in specific areas in front of the museum.

Note that we were approached by two panhandlers while walking to the museum even though it’s in a fairly populated if somewhat lonely trackside area. One panhandler was aggressive and the encounter wasn't pleasant.

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We're always looking for new places to take out-of-town visitors; it was a huge hit with my in-laws, and kept the interest of some children that we took there as well. Norfolk Southern remains an essential part of Roanoke's economy, and you can see some of the railroad history here. There are engines from different eras that you can walk through, historical information about the railroad, and plenty of model trains. The museum is only a short walk from downtown, accessible by car or foot (though I probably wouldn't walk here from Downtown after dark).

Thank Jill N
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