The Virginia Museum of Transportation fires the imagination! Climb aboard decades-old steam locomotives while watching modern trains zoom by on active mainline tracks. Located in downtown Roanoke’s century-old freight station, the museum includes an extensive collection of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives and other types of rail cars. The pride of the Rail Yard are two of the most advanced steam locomotives ever built, the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 and Class A 1218. Other visitor favorites include model trains, automotive and aviation exhibits, buggies, a trolley bus, and a Jupiter Rocket. The museum store is a great source for hard-to-find transportation-related toys, books, DVDs and gifts. After your visit, stroll along the Railwalk toward Roanoke’s Farmers’ Market to watch more trains and enjoy hands-on exhibits about Roanoke’s rail history.