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