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“Worth the Trip!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Virginia Museum of Transportation

Virginia Museum of Transportation
Ranked #3 of 67 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 .
Roanoke, Virginia
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Worth the Trip!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

I'll admit, upon first entering the museum I was skeptical, but I came out very pleased with my time spent! They have some terrific rooms and stories from automobiles to bus to flight history in western Virginia. But the stand-out display is the outdoor area where there are MANY original and greatly historical trains you are allowed to walk through and explore! We had the pleasure of stumbling upon a gentleman who worked for the museum who gave an impromptu tour of the trains and cars for those who wished to listen. He did a terrific job and you can tell by his excitement that his knowledge and passion for trains were genuine and life-long. If you are looking for a Roanoke attraction that will cover 1-2 hours, this is your go-to museum, especially for anyone who loves planes, trains, and automobiles!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Crockett312
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Sebring, Florida
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great experiences”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

We visited the Transportation Museum in October this past year based on a friend's recommendation. What a pleasant surprise!! This Museum featured railroad rolling stock including passenger cars, many diesel engines and particularly the N&W famous steam engine. Having been a conductor on the B&O RR I was most impressed and pleased with the displays. My wife was overjoyed in that this became a hands-on learning experience featuring equipment she had only seen in passing or had previously read about. The museum has other display including antique cars, airplanes, model of a complete circus, along with folks of experience to tell the story and respond to inquiries. What a great presentation which deserves our attention.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Rich K
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Especially nice for train lovers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

The Virginia Museum of Transportation does a wonderful job with historic preservation of train memorabilia. They have something for young and old alike. It is also a nice venue for a party.

Visited April 2013
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Roanoke, Virginia
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Unusual museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

All modes of transportation are present here, massive trains including the streamline # 611 steam and the rugged freight stem engine # 1218. Well maintained and worth your time. combination ticket with O. Link museum also.

Visited November 2013
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Enjoyed what I saw”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

We only got to see the ground floor as we were there at a family function and there were just too many people to see! But the children of the group had the best time and we particularly enjoyed the old cars

Visited October 2013
1 Thank WestleyFarm
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