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The Roanoke Chapter of the NRHS is pleased to present two fall foliage excursions, departing from downtown Roanoke’s historic ex-N&W station (now home to the O.Winston Link Museum) on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th.

Retracing the historic Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, Saturday’s trip will run from Roanoke, through Radford, to Abingdon, VA, operating over portions of NS’s Virginia division. Upon arrival into Abingdon, riders will have the opportunity to tour the town and attractions; however, for the railfan, the equipment will continue to Bristol, VA/TN, although passengers must remain on the train in Bristol. On Sunday, the train will traverse the ex-N&W main from Roanoke, along the scenic New River Valley, to the heart of Appalachian Coal Country: Bluefield, WV. Upon arrival into Bluefield, guests will be able to visit several vendors and businesses in this once bustling community while the train is prepared to return to Roanoke. The train will operate on the Christiansburg District in both directions.

Both trips offer scenic beauty and views only seen from the train over NS’s two heavily used lines.

Equipment will be Amtrak supplied locomotives and coaches; several historic private cars will also be on the train. Please visit for more information concerning these trips including ticket pricing and seating options. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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