Virginia’s Blue Ridge Railroad Heritage

by Casey Higgins | Posted on May 21st, 2012

Experience the splendor of the Roanoke Valley on a Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway all about the railroad.

Visit the Virginia Museum of Transportation, celebrating the road, rail, and air. It alone will fire your imagination with decades-old steam, diesel, and electric locomotives. Little ones love the model trains, but their moms and dads might just enjoy the buggies and Jupiter Rocket just as much.
Admission: $8/adult, $7/senior, $6/child (3-11)
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm; Sun 1 to 5 pm

One of O. Winston Link's iconic photographs. Courtesy of O. Winston Link Museum.

One of O. Winston Link’s iconic photographs. Courtesy of O. Winston Link Museum.

The O. Winston Link Museum is home to more than 300 of Winston Link’s dramatic black and white Norfolk & Western Railway photographs from the 1950s. Browse through seven galleries of the distinct images focusing on life along the railway, and also check out the 30-minute documentary.
Admission: $5/adult, $4.50/senior, $4/child (3-11)
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily

Families interested in both the Virginia Museum of Transportation and the O. Winston Link Museum can indeed visit both, and at a reduced rate: $12/adult, $10/senior, $8/child

Stay a while with a train themed travel package!

From $177 — Hotel Roanoke offers the Train Lover’s Package to include one night in a room overlooking the railroad, breakfast for two, two tickets to the O. Winston Link Museum, and two tickets to the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

 

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