Virginia Museum of Transportation
The museum. It is housed in the former Norfolk & Western Railway freight train station.
Two locomotives at the museum
The entrance to the museum
Backstory and Context
The museum opened in 1963 in a Norfolk & Western Railway freight station in Wasena Park in Roanoke. Back then, as now, the museum focused on Roanokes locomotive history but automobiles, planes and other modes of transportation were represented as well. In 1983, the museum became the official transportation museum in Virginia. Unfortunately, two years later a flood caused $1.4 million dollars in damages. Norfolk & Western Railway decided to donate their downtown freight station to the museum, which opened in 1986