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The Big Move Begins...

August 20, 2009

The Virginia Museum of Transportation has received tentative notice that Norfolk and Western M2 Locomotive 1151 may be moved on Friday August 21. This is sooner than expected, and may change due to weather, etc. We have not been given an exact time, but wanted to make you aware of the pending move. We will provide a time on Friday if possible.

The Museum is not in charge of this move and is not authorized to provide access to the property to anyone. The former scrapyard is now the property of the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority and only those with the explicit permission of the RRHA may enter the site.

Our suggestion is that the Jefferson Street bridge sidewalk will be the best vantage point to see the lift and for watching the 1151 head towards downtown. The route, as we currently understand it, is that the locomotive will go under Jefferson Street Bridge, past the medical school along the old Virginian yard tracks, and then follow the gravel road by the new hotel site onto Reserve Ave, then turn onto Jefferson Street and cross over the bridge continuing to Campbell Ave and to the Museum.

Frances M. M. Ferguson
Director of Development
Virginia Museum of Transportation
303 Norfolk Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016