Fwd: Locomotive Cab to be Delivered Wednesday
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Wed Apr 8 14:29:01 EDT 2009
The Virginia Museum of Transportation to roll in giant locomotive
cab as the Museum’s newest hands-on display
(Roanoke, VA)—The Virginia Museum of Transportation announces
that it expects delivery of an SD-40 locomotive cab on Wednesday,
April 8 at approximately 10am. The cab—measuring 10 feet wide by 16
feet long by 11 feet tall—will be brought into the Museum through a
door near the southeast corner of the building.
The cab includes the original dual control system that Norfolk
Southern engineers used to operate the locomotive throughout its
22-state system. “Visitors will be able to enter the cab and enjoy
it as a hands-on exhibit, providing the opportunity to relive the
engineer’s experience,” said Bev Fitzpatrick, Executive Director.
“Eventually, we anticipate adding a rail simulator on one side of
the cab so that visitors can position themselves like an engineer
running a real Norfolk Southern locomotive.”
The cab is part of SD-40 Locomotive #1594, a diesel-electric
locomotive built in June 1966 by General Motors Electro-Motive
Division (EMD). Its 16-cylinder engine generated 3,000 horsepower.
The locomotive cab was donated to the Museum by Norfolk Southern, and
restoration services were donated by Lanford Brothers, Inc.
About the Virginia Museum of Transportation:
Home to two of the most powerful steam locomotives in existence in
the world today—the Class A #1218 and the Class J #611—the
Virginia Museum of Transportation regularly attracts visitors of all
ages from across the U.S. and 45 foreign countries each year. Through
exhibits, artifacts, and a world-class collection of rail equipment,
cars, trucks, airplanes, and more, the Museum tells the rich story of
Virginia’s transportation heritage, with a special focus on the
contributions and achievements of men and women from across the
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is the Commonwealth of
Virginia’s Official Transportation Museum located in the historic
N&W Freight Station at 303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA. Open
Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. www.vmt.org 
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