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    If you have not visited the VA Museum of Transportation in Roanoke you should make the effort to stop by during a trip up or down the East Coast. It has some great pieces of history located in the former Norfolk Southern depot. As far as transportation pieces Studebaker has the best showing of all makes, starting with an Studebaker buggy. There is a Speedster complete with a SDC sticker (anyone know who's this is?) a '50 bullet nose, a Lark taxi (the real thing!) plus a '50 Packard. There are also some of the most powerful steam locomotives ever built there as well, and at least one still is operational. In fact both are more powerful than any single diesel locomotive yet built. Neat place, highly recommend it.

























    Dan White
    64 R1 GT
    64 R2 GT
    Dan White
    64 R1 GT
    64 R2 GT
    58 C Cab
    57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

  • #2
    I'm surprised the taxi has a 4-speed tranny in it. I assumed a HD automatic would have been standard equipment by 1962. Anyway, thanks for sharing the pics as its always nice to see local attractions in other cities.


    Brent's rootbeer racer.
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    In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.

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    • #3
      I think the taxi could be ordered with the 3sp shifter on the floor, but I could be wrong...

      <div align="left">1960 Lark 60S-W4</div id="left"> <div align="right">1962 7E7-122</div id="right">
      [img=left]http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/8b0ac4c6.jpg[/img=left]
      [img=right]http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/DSC02237.jpg[/img=right]

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      • #4
        Wow- I love those big locomotives, & that '57 Chrysler in the background. Thanks for posting! I need to add that to my list of places to visit the next time I get to the E coast.

        Barry'd in Studes
        Barry'd in Studes

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        • #5
          I love those big locomotives also.
          Is that 611 locomotive a Raymond Loewy design, Nope here it is.


          101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.

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          • #6
            The Roanoke Chapter was there last month, and I was there also.





            Leonard Shepherd
            http://leonardshepherd.com/

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            • #7
              I visited that museum many years ago and was impressed then and I understand it has gotten better since then. I need to go back. Sounds like a good road trip.

              Joe Roberts
              '61 R1 Champ
              '65 Cruiser
              Editor of "The Down Easterner"
              Eastern North Carolina Chapter
              Joe Roberts
              '61 R1 Champ
              '65 Cruiser
              Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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              • #8
                It would be difficult to imagine a RR museum which could compare with the one we saw in Sacramento, but, like the one we saw in Strasburg last year- I don't want to miss it.

                Barry'd in Studes
                Barry'd in Studes

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                • #9
                  A very interesting place indeed!
                  I posted a thread about this museum in March of '08
                  and linked 136 pic's taken during a wandering afternoon...
                  I loved the circus diorama from upstairs...
                  Pic's:
                  http://rides.webshots.com/album/562713378uSOPAm

                  HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                  Jeff


                  Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



                  Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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                  • #10
                    Here is the link to the museum:


                    http://www.vmt.org/


                    Dan White
                    64 R1 GT
                    64 R2 GT
                    Dan White
                    64 R1 GT
                    64 R2 GT
                    58 C Cab
                    57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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                    • #11
                      Someone should check that 1955 Speedster for the numbers being searched for in another topic on ths Forum.

                      Gary L.
                      Wappinger, NY

                      SDC member since 1968
                      Studebaker enthusiast much longer
                      Gary L.
                      Wappinger, NY

                      SDC member since 1968
                      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                      • #12
                        That loco with RL standing on the skirting appears to be the one-off Pennsylvania RR S-1 Duplex 6-4-4-6 prototype, engineered and built at Pennsy's Altoona shops. One of the largest locomotives ever built specifically for express passenger-train service, it was displayed at one of the late-30s World's Fairs, but I do not think it actually saw much, if any, operational use by PRR.

                        Loewy's firm did plenty of design work for Pennsy, the best-known example being the streamlined version of PRR's K-4 Pacific locos. The great design rivalry in northeast-US railroading was between Loewy and Henry Dreyfus, who was the designer of choice for the New York Central and oversaw the classic NYC J-3 Hudson "Roman Helmet" streamliner. N&W's streamlined Js, actually, occupy a point halfway between those two engines, visually. Pity only #611 survives, and she is no longer running...

                        Thanks all for some very interesting pix! (Oh, and to keep some Stude content--besides obliquely via Loewy--that 62 Lark taxi rocks!)

                        S.

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                        • #13
                          The freight engine was an A class built by NW shops in Roanoke. NW was one of the last RR to abandon steam and this was one of the their last shots and big power. This engine I believe was the most powerful ever built in the US, or pretty close to it.

                          The steamlined engine is the J611, which looks something like the streamliners of the time but I was strictly NW in design.

                          Here is a link to the particulars:

                          http://vmt.org/nN&w1218.html

                          http://vmt.org/n&w611.html

                          Dan White
                          64 R1 GT
                          64 R2 GT
                          Dan White
                          64 R1 GT
                          64 R2 GT
                          58 C Cab
                          57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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                          • #14
                            Wife and I rode on one of the last trips that 611 took in 1990.. Sure did belch out lots of steam and smoke when she wanted to..

                            Ben

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                            • #15
                              Dan--

                              Thanx for the additional vectors on N&W's J and A; to clarify, I was referring to the non-N&W streamliner further down the thread, which I'm pretty sure is Pennsy's unique (bizarre?) 6-4-4-6 S-1.

                              I'll have to make a point of seeing that museum sometime. Should be easy to talk my dad into a visit...he's a train guy, has an N scale Ontario Northland Railway in his basement, and loves to travel. We used to go "train watching" locally a time or two a week when I was a kid...good times.

                              S.

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