The David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk
Welcome to Roanoke's David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk. You are at the present western end of the walk which travels to the east past the Amtrak passenger rail platform and alongside of Norfolk Avenue. The walk is named in honor of retired Norfolk Southern Chairman, David Goode, and wife Susan, who were both an important part of the Roanoke community for many years.
The Railwalk, first begun in the 1990s, showcases Roanoke's rail history. People will find the walk less than quiet, but a pleasant experience with lots to see and do. There are a number of informational plaques like this one explaining various aspects of local history related to the railroad with many vintage photos and maps.
The western end of Railwalk is presently here at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, which features rail exhibits and other transportation artifacts. The Museum, the Commonwealth of Virginia's official transportation museum features many full-size historic locomotives and cars and is an easy way to spend an afternoon.
take some time, walk the Railwalk, see a few trains, and enjoy the ride with the history of Roanoke and its railroads.
Below: the Market Square bridge crosses the tracks connecting the Hotel Roanoke with the Roanoke City Market area. The bridge has a viewing area for watching trains.
Above: Overlooking Norfolk Avenue from the Williamson Road bridge, looking west towards the throat of the Roanoke Yard. Visible in the background are the former Norfolk and Western General Office Buildings.
Right: Photographer Samuel Phillips gives us a great overview of a double-stack train pulling into Roanoke. The green roof at right is the covering for the Amtrak Station platform.
A gate and flashing lights warn motorists that a train is coming. Safety around the railroad and particularly at grade crossings is of first importance.
Above: You can see many trains along the Railwalk. This area is the throat of the Roanoke Yard of today's Norfolk Southern and most rail traffic through Roanoke will pass through this area. This is an eastbound grain train, soon to arrive in Roanoke.
Right: Coal is still an important commodity carried through Roanoke. Many years ago, it was advertised as "coal by wire" referring to burning coal as power plant fuel generatingelectricity. Today, most coal you see going through Roanoke is bound for power plants in the Northeast or North Carolina.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 16.372′ N, 79° 56.742′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Norfolk Avenue Southwest and 3rd Street Southwest, on the left when traveling west on Norfolk Avenue Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Norfolk Ave SW, Roanoke VA 24016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norfolk & Western Freight Station (a few steps from this marker); Graham-White Manufacturing Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Locomotive Parking Brakes (within shouting distance of this marker); Norfolk & Western Safety Instruction Car #418 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1952 Squad Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker); Norfolk & Western Class A #1218 (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania Railroad GE GG1 Electric #4919 (within shouting distance of this marker); Norfolk & Western Railway Post Office Car Class M-1 #93 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on April 29, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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