VIRGINIA’S RAIL HERITAGE REGION
was established by the
Virginia General Assembly in 2010 to highlight and promote the
rich railroad heritage of the state of Virginia.
The region officially
includes Alleghany, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, and
Roanoke Counties, and the Cities of Bedford, Covington,
Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Salem as well as towns in the region.
Historically, the region was home to the largest concentration
of rail facilities in the state: The famous shops of the Norfolk
and Western Railway in Roanoke, the shops and yards of the
Chesapeake and Ohio at Clifton Forge, the Southern Railway
facilities at Monroe, and the facilities of the Virginian Railway
in Roanoke. These railroads ran through the region, with the
crossroads in Lynchburg. The region also contains the greatest
concentration of rail heritage museums, sites, and societies.
When planning your next trip, come celebrate and explore our
wonderful rail heritage by visiting Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region.