Schedule for Roanoke Rails events at the Virginia Museum ofTransportation
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Why was this great Rail Road museum activity planned on Mothers Day Weekend?????
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Subject: Schedule for Roanoke Rails events at the Virginia Museum ofTransportation
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2010
Contact: Fran Ferguson fferguson at vmt.org
Movement of N&W Class J 611 Change of Schedule
Norfolk Southern will pull the N&W Class J 611 out of the Museum's Rail Yard and move it along the NS mainline to serve as the centerpiece of the O. Winston Link Museum's Train Day festivities.
Movement is now anticipated to start as early as 9am on May 7. For safety reasons, observers are NOT permitted behind the Museum between the west end of the Museum and the 5th St Bridge. We recommend viewing from a designated portion of the Museum's Rail Yard (after 10am), the Rail Walk or the 2nd or 5th Street Bridges.
Schedule for Roanoke Rails events at the Virginia Museum of Transportation
May 8, 2010: The Museum is open 10am-5pm. Parking in the Brandon Lot will be free to visitors on Saturday only.
· NS SD 70M Diesel Locomotive: For Train Day, NS shares a modern freight engine placed next to our steam freight giant, the N&W Class A 1218. NS personnel who are members of the Museum's African-American Heritage Committee will offer tours of the SD 70M cab and insights into modern railroading. All day.
· N&W Class A 1218: Docent talks on steam power by Louis Newton and Gordon Hamilton, members of the Norfolk & Western Historical Society, 10am-4pm.
· NS Research Car 31: John Bernie, retired NS employee, shares his experience traveling in the car to measure rail safety. 10am-4pm.
· Motor car rides on Track 1: presented by the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. 11am-4:30pm.
· NS SD 40 Diesel Cab: Docent talks by Museum volunteers on the half hour, 10:30am-3:30pm.
· Blacksmith: Glenn Bobbitt offers demonstrations 10am-4pm.
· Handcrafted wooden models of a Class A and a Class Y6 locomotive, plus two cabooses. Created by Fred Reburn, Jr. of Lynchburg from mahogany, maple, redwood, cherry, poplar, pine, and walnut.
· Train movies: enjoy selections from 611 Queen of the Fleet 11-11:30am, Train Crazy Kids 1-1:30pm, 18 Wheels of Steel 2-2:30pm.
· Children's craft activity: decorate your own 611, 10m-4pm.
· 1939 Railway Express Agency Truck, restored and loaned by Rodney Cox.
· 1962 Alexandria Barcroft & Washington Transit Bus provided by the Commonwealth Coach & Trolley Museum. All Day.
· Model T rides: weather permitting 11am-4pm (additional fee).
· Hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy: 10am-4:30pm (additional fee).
Return of the 611 on May 9
NS returns the 611 to the Museum on May 9. Move is anticipated to be completed by 1pm. For safety reasons, observers are not permitted behind the Museum between the west end of the Museum and the 5th St Bridge. We recommend viewing from the Rail Walk or the 2nd Street Bridge.
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