All Aboard! Train enthusiasts young and old will enjoy the special train events, museums and exhibits Virginia has to offer.
Virginia's Rail Heritage Region
Virginia's Rail Heritage Region highlights and promotes the rich railroad heritage of the state of Virginia. The region officially includes Alleghany, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, and Roanoke Counties, and the Cities of Bedford, Covington, Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Salem as well as towns in the region. Historically, the region was home to the largest concentration of rail facilities in the state: The famous shops of the Norfolk and Western Railway in Roanoke, the shops and yards of the Chesapeake and Ohio at Clifton Forge, the Southern Railway facilities at Monroe, and the facilities of the Virginian Railway in Roanoke. These railroads ran through the region, with the crossroads in Lynchburg. The region also contains the greatest concentration of rail heritage museums, sites, and societies. When planning your next trip, come celebrate and explore our wonderful rail heritage by visiting Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region.
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 Crewe Railroad Museum offers outdoor excitement with a diesel engine, caboose and steam engine. Inside you'll see trains of the steam era and more.
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.
Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads
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.
Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore
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.
Last Updated: 6/21/2017