Field Trip: The Roanoke Railwalk in Virginia
On their recent railfan expedition, Michael Guy and Dave Wetherald visited Roanoke, Virginia. Roanoke is home to the O. Winston Link Museum and the Virginia Museum of Transportation. It is also the home of the very innovative Roanoke Railwalk. The "Railfan Locations" website describes the Railwalk as follows:
"The David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk extends from Market Street to Warehouse Row, allowing pedestrians to walk along a fence paralleling the train tracks and view historic memorabilia along the way. The Railwalk tells the story about Roanoke’s rail history, both visually and audibly: There's a platform, signals, whistles, plaques and storyboards with information about the events that formed this history. There's even a radio scanner at one point that allows listeners to hear chatter from engineers and dispatchers.
The Railwalk was named after David R. Goode, who was president, chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp. until 2006 when he retired. During Goode's tenure, Norfolk Southern donated a number of artifacts from the old Farmville line for use in the railwalk. He also helped deliver to Roanoke the historic 1218 locomotive, which is stored in the transportation museum. The city honored the Goodes for their strong support of Roanoke's rail history."
The video above captures Michael and Dave's experience at the Railwalk!
Posting by Russ Milland; Video by Michael Guy and Dave Wetherald; Photo below from Railfan Locations.