Roanoke Shops

Roanoke Shops (HM9YR)

Location: Roanoke, VA 24011
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N 37° 16.387', W 79° 56.329'

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The David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk

The three locomotive types referred to on the nearby panels are part of the larger picture; of course. The Classes J, A and Y locomotives were special. What made these locomotives so special compared to products of the commercial builders of steam, such as Lima Locomotive Works, Baldwin, American Locomotive Company and other smaller builders? Aside from their superior operating characteristics, they were designed and built by local residents, in Roanoke. Then, as today, "Roanoke-built" is an impressive statement. Just to the east of where you are standing, is the west end of the 50+ acre complex named Roanoke Shop, also called East End Shops.

From 1927 through the end of the steam era in 1960, every new N&W steam locomotive was built within the Roanoke Shops. Designed by engineers and draftsmen in the Motive Power building (see photo at left and index to right) then constructed in the shops.

The Shops, aside from new construction, rebuilt, repaired and overhauled locomotives, not only for the N&W, but during the second World War, for a number of other railroads. In addition, the Shops did machine work for various war-related industries including the U.S. Navy.

Roanoke Shops were not just a locomotive facility. Workers built freight cars, rebuilt and repaired passenger and freight cars for over 100 years. All freight car construction work was done outside, until the freight car shop was put under roof in the early 1950s. In that era, long before computers, the Shops could turn out 15-18 brand-new coal carrying cars per eight-hour day. Norfolk Southern closed the car construction shop in 2000. Today, Freight Car America builds cars in Roanoke.
HM NumberHM9YR
Year Placed2007
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 10:59am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 594082 N 4125698
Decimal Degrees37.27311667, -79.93881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 16.387', W 79° 56.329'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 16' 23.22" N, 79° 56' 19.74" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5921-5991 Norfolk Ave SE, Roanoke VA 24011, US
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