The Railroad Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


When you think about the Hampton Roads Region and Tidewater Region of Virginia, you think about the many numerous ports through the many waterways.  The region consists has many busy ports to include Norfolk and Hampton.  With all of these ports, getting the cargo inland was a challenge.  The railroad answered that challenge.


Welcome to the Railroad Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth, Virginia, a suburb of Norfolk.  The museum sits at the end of line where the first railroad to the region was built.  Originally the eastern terminus of the Portsmouth and Roanoke Railroad and later the Norfolk and Western, the museum consists of the old Portsmouth Station platform, a maintenance car, a caboose which serves as the admission office, an old dining car which holds artifacts of the railroad, an old baggage car which houses a model train display, Norfolk and Western steam locomotive 1134, and old signal and…

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