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Virginia Museum of Transportation (Norfolk and Western Railway Freight Station)

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Norfolk and Western Railway Freight Station
1918; 1986 renovation. 303 Norfolk Ave. SW

Serving the nearby warehouses and the N&W, this forty-five-thousand-square-foot former freight station runs parallel to the still-working tracks (now for Norfolk Southern). The building's great length indicates how much activity went on at any one time, as well as the importance of Roanoke to rail transportation in the region. The building is typical of freight stations with loading areas on the street and the track sides sheltered under a deep canopy. The building's upper story is a continuous wall of glass shaded by a slight roof projection. The museum includes two train engines along with passenger and freight cars, cabooses, and such other forms of transportation as historic automobiles and fire trucks.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Virginia Museum of Transportation (Norfolk and Western Railway Freight Station)", [Roanoke, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 418-418.

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