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Train enthusiasts young and old will enjoy the special train events, museums and exhibits Virginia has to offer.
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The Crewe Railroad Museum offers outdoor excitement with a diesel engine, caboose and stem engine. Inside you'll see trains of the steam era and more.
Holidays - The Santa Train from Ashland to Williamsburg and back is sponsored by Train Town Toy & Hobby. Riders depart early and spend the afternoon in Williamsburg before pulling back into the Ashland station at 7 p.m.
November 23, 2013 and January 5, 2014 - Bevells Hardware Store in Blackstone boasts a large model train decked out with realistic Christmas miniature villages and snow animations. The "Annual Running of the Trains" happens just once a year, bringing out train lovers big and small. If you think you've seen the tiny winter wonderland, you've seen only a portion. Each year the Daniels family adds new features, layouts and merriment.
Holidays - From Dillwyn the Santa Claus Train departs on one day for six 45-minute excursions. As the train rolls on, Santa mingles through the decorations and visits with the children on board, giving each one a treat as he goes. These tickets also sell out quickly. The event is typically held the first Saturday in December.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is located in Roanoke. Visitors will climb aboard the steam locomotives and even enjoy active modern trains pass by. Inside the Museum visitors will find antique vehicles, gifts and the nearby O. Winston Link Museum - the largest collection of Link's black and white steam locomotive photography.
Clifton Forge is home to the C&O Railway Heritage Center. Visit the 1896 Freight Depot Visitor's Center to get started and then climb on the 1922 Gadsby's Tavern Dining Car and restored C&O cabooses. The kids will love the ride-on train, too.
In Waynesboro, train enthusiasts will find the Augusta County Railroad Museum and its four scales of layout - three operated by members and one operated by young visitors.
The South Hill Railroad Museum is located in a restored historic depot in South Hill. The scale model Atlantic & Danville Model Railroad is the focal point of the museum, traversing a circa 1950 trek from Lawrenceville to Clarksville.
Holidays - Every year, just before Christmas, kids and their parents are given the opportunity to ride a train and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, who are on board Virginia Railway Express trains to promote rail safety and Operation Lifesaver’s “Look, Listen and Live” campaign. Train stops at at Burke Station, Fredericksburg, Manassas and Woodbridge. Each train ride varies in length from 50 minutes to more than an hour. Tickets sell out at a record pace and are traditionally only $5-$6 per person, benefiting Operation Lifesaver.
The restored Main Street Station in Suffolk now serves as the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum. Visit and enjoy the two-room HO-scale model of Suffolk in 1907, as well as memorabilia. Regular children's story times are available with additional family-friendly events, too.
Little train lovers will appreciate a visit to the Children's Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth. One of the most popular exhibits is the Lancaster Antique Train and Toy Collection with its 814 trains on display and 610 square feet of track.
The Eastern Shore Railway Museum in Parksley offers a 1927 Diplomat (parlor/lounge car), a 1949 caboose and a 1950 sleeper car for guided tours. Don't miss out on the unique memorabilia on hand that represents rail history on the Eastern Shore from the mid-1800s.
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