The Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The city of Roanoke in the southeast region of the U.S. state of Virginia is a city with an association with railroads.  It was the hot bed of the Norfolk and Western Railroad and the Virginian Railway.  The city visitor center is located in the old Norfolk and Western Train Station which was a semi-grand train station in its heyday, and it also houses the O. Winston Link Museum that displays photos of the last known photographer of the steam locomotive in the United States of America.  It was here where many locomotives were built to include the world famous Norfolk and Western Railway Number 611, the only surviving Class J locomotive.  It is also the home of the Virginia Museum of Transportation which is housed in an old Norfolk and Western Railroad freight house.  The great thing about Roanoke is that the main railroad line runs right through the…

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