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On Saturday, we will be railfanning Roanoke and visiting the museum of transportation. Does anyone have any tips on finding the best spots to get photos of the shops and turntables? On google maps, I saw atleast 30 sd40 looking locomotives in storage dressed up in what appeared to be NS and Soo line. Are these locomotives still here? If so, what is the best way to get pictures and to see them? I will post pictures that I get on Saturday or Sunday. 

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While you are here, DO NOT miss the O.Winston Link Museum located in the old N&W passenger station across from Hotel Roanoke. As for the stored locos, I don't think that they are there now. I could be wrong though as I don't get over that way very often. You might be able to see what little is in the yard from 10th St. bridge or travel up Shenandoah Ave. from the Link Museum west to 24th Street. In order to see the turntable, you will have to be on NS property located through the small underpass at Shaffer's Crossing (24th St.). Late at night you can spy the Amtrak train stored south of Elm St. on Williamson Rd. and during the day take in the restored Virginian passenger station just a little further south.

Hot Water posted:
NS6770Fan posted:DSCN1898

I only took a few pictures, and here they are.

OK, why display a model of a VERY famous steam locomotive, which never operated on the N&W, without the tender?

Well, I guess you didn't read what the original poster wrote:"Yes, I have some pictures from the Raymond Loewy exhibit that I will post soon."

You see, there is a section of the old station where the paymaster's office used to be located that has an exhibit dedicated to Raymond Loewy and his works. And, if you didn't know Mr. Loewy redesigned the N&W passenger station.

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Big Jim posted:
Hot Water posted:
NS6770Fan posted:DSCN1898

I only took a few pictures, and here they are.

OK, why display a model of a VERY famous steam locomotive, which never operated on the N&W, without the tender?

Well, I guess you didn't read what the original poster wrote:"Yes, I have some pictures from the Raymond Loewy exhibit that I will post soon."

You see, there is a section of the old station where the paymaster's office used to be located that has an exhibit dedicated to Raymond Loewy and his works. And, if you didn't know Mr. Loewy redesigned the N&W passenger station.

OK. However, that still doesn't explain why there is no tender on a model being displayed in such a high-end museum.

RJT posted:

Bill: Yes it is and if you follow Scott Smith his Weekend Photo Fun thread you will see photos of that layout that he posts. There is one area where he changes the theme based on the holidays and the kids area of the layout. Scott does a great job with that layout not sure it would be there in as good a shape as it is without him.

Rick,

Thanks as that's good news that it is still there and thriving thanks to Scott.

Bill (who spent several years in State College attending PSU)

I see that the old Chesapeake Western loco is now in its original paint.  Not sure when that happened, but it is definitely an improvement.  Also it is good to see the Wabash loco has been restored.

I have NO knowledge why the tender is missing, but I will make a guess.  The museum had a display case of a certain size.  They found out that the loco and tender together were too big to fit, so they left the tender off.

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