Locomotive Cab to be Delivered Wednesday

NW Mailing List nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org
Wed Apr 8 14:37:50 EDT 2009

This would represent an excellent opportunity to include an Operation
Lifesaver message with an example of what an locomotive engineer sees
when someone violates crossing warning devices and tries to beat the
train. Showing visitors just how long it takes a freight train to
stop once emergency braking starts would also be of value.

Brian Gilleran
On Apr 8, 2009, at 2:29 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> 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 Roanoke region.


> 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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