Roanoke, VA - The Virginia Museum of Transportation will celebrate Grandparents Day on Saturday, September 8, 2012, with activities designed to please the whole family. "Grandparents hold a special place in our hearts," said Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr., executive director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation. "So, we're planning a day where generations can connect and create special memories."
Train rides will be offered by the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historic Society. Train rides are $2 per person per ride, including members and grandparents. Infants two and under can ride the train for free. The proceeds from the train rides will offset the cost of fuel needed to operate the locomotive.
A Craft Station will be available so grandchildren can make something special for their grandparents. Other activities include model train displays by the Roanoke Valley Model Engineers and facepainting.
Grandparents Day at the Virginia Museum of Transportation is sponsored by the AARP and Lanford Brothers. The first 250 kids through the door will receive a special gift from the AARP.

About the Virginia Museum of Transportation

Home to two of the most powerful steam locomotives in existence today-the N&W Class A 1218 and the N&W Class J 611-the Virginia Museum of Transportation regularly 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, and more, the Museum tells the rich story of Virginia's transportation history.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is the Official Transportation Museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia, but receives no state funding. In 2010, the Museum was named the Non-Profit Arts & Culture Small Business of the Year by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. 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.