The roots of the region's iron horse history are as strong as the powerful locomotives that power through the heart of the city, which is a proud part of Virginia's Rail Heritage Region. The City of Roanoke was chartered in 1882 and immediately became a major rail crossing and manufacturing spot for Norfolk & Western Railroad, and the area continues to have a strong rail presence.
Get an up-close look at powerful steam locomotives at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. See stunning railroad photography at the O. Winston Link Museum. And, learn about the local history of the railroad in Virginia's Blue Ridge by walking along the David R. & Susan S. Goode Railwalk in Downtown Roanoke.