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 a hand car. It may not be as large as many other railroad museums, but it does sit at an important place of railroading in the region. The museum’s mission is to preserve that history.
The Railroad Museum is located at the intersection of Wythe Street and Harbor Center Way just south of Old Towne Portsmouth and just off of the exit from Interstate 264. It is only open on Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission is only $7.00 for adults. Please note that only street parking is available on Harbor Center Way. It is a great compliment to your visit to the Hampton Roads region. You can get directions and read more about the museum at http://railroadmuseumofvirginia.com.
Make your way to Portsmouth, Virginia and see the place that shaped the history of Virginia railroading.