Enjoy the Cars and Locomotives that Your Grandparents Loved

Discounted Admission and Grandparents Get in Free. Sponsored by AARP-Virginia on Saturday, September 5, 10 am to 5 pm

The Virginia Museum of Transportation celebrates family togetherness and the cars and trains your grandparents loved with discounts and special activities for Grandparents Day, Saturday, September 5, 2015, from 10 am to 5 pm. Bring your grandparents or your grandchildren and share your family stories and memories with the next generation.

Admission is discounted to $5 per person: grandparents, museum members, and children age two and under get in free! Grandparents Day is sponsored by AARP Virginia. Thanks to AARP, there will be a free gift for the first 250 children, and free ice cream for everyone from 11 am to 3 pm, while supplies last. Parking in the Brandon lot in front of the Museum will be free for the day.

A short train ride in a vintage coach or caboose fires the imagination! Train rides are provided by the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society pulled by the chapter’s historic T-6 Alco Diesel Locomotive (not J 611). Train rides are $3 per person per ride: children age two and under ride free.

New! The engineer’s cab of the world-famous Norfolk & Western Class J 611 will be open for tours. Learn from a member of the engine crew what it takes to operate the steam locomotive.

The Roanoke Valley Model Engineers located in the Museum’s basement will welcome guests to their Open House. Their O, HO, On30, and N scale layouts are always changing, always growing, but only open to the public a few times each year. Plus, there is a layout for children to run! 

New! Learn how to make a model tree to “plant” at the Museum, to help the forest in the Museum’s O-Gauge layout grow.

New! Antique automobile experts will be on hand in the Advance Auto Parts Automotive Gallery to answer questions and enable guests to explore some of the cars in the Museum’s collection. Open for visitors to see and/or sit in: 1995 Hummer H-1, 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, 1963 Chevrolet Impala, 1962 Studebaker Lark, 1950 Studebaker Land Cruiser, and 1932 Ford Model B Pickup Truck.

New! Dash Dupree and the Queen of Steam is a special children’s story book that tells a fanciful story of one child’s love for the Class J 611 steam locomotive. Nancy Ruth Patterson, Dash’s “grandmother,” will be on hand to read the story and share the beautiful illustrations at 11 am and 1 and 2 pm. Afterwards, children are invited to join our educators for a special activity related to the book.

Families can capture the memories and fun of the day by taking a family photo in a photo booth with a 611 backdrop.

Food will be available for purchase. 

About the Virginia Museum of Transportation
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is home to the Norfolk & Western “Big Three” and is the only place in the world where you can see the best engines that the N&W ever built. These three locomotives, built in Roanoke, VA, are widely considered the finest steam engines built anywhere in the world. The N&W Class J 611 and the N&W Class A 1218 are the stars of the Museum’s collection while the N&W Class Y6a 2156 is on loan from the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO. 

The Museum attracts visitors of all ages from across the U.S. and around the world. Through exhibits, artifacts, and an outstanding collection of rail equipment, cars, trucks, airplanes, models, and more, the Museum tells the rich story of Virginia’s transportation history. 

The Museum is the Official Transportation Museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia, but receives no state funding. The Museum is located in the historic N&W Freight Station at 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. Open Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. 540/342.5670. vmt.org.