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This restored Main Street station displays a two-room HO-scale model of Suffolk in 1907 that was built by the Tidewater Division of the National Model Railroad Association. The station was built in 1885 and has remained basically unchanged over the years. The Queen Anne style building is reminiscent of the Victorian age. It has an interesting tower with a beautiful, walnut, spiral staircase. Many original features were saved and restored such as the doors, windows, coffered ceiling, fireplace and porch. In 1918, there were six railroads coming through Suffolk with 32 passenger trains and 70 freight trains per day. The museum contains a collection of items from the Seaboard Airline Railroad, the Virginian Railway, the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and the Atlantic and Danville Railroad. Items include bells from steam locomotives, a light from a steam locomotive tender, cast iron and concrete signs, railroad lanterns, railroad tools, as well as a nice collection of smaller items, including silver items used in dining cars, office items used in the agent’s offices, and advertising items. There are also a number of models of railroad locomotives and cars used by the railroads. A quaint gift shop appeals to the Conductor in all of us. The Railroad Museum also hosts several events annually, including train-themed birthday parties for kiddies, book signings, craft fairs, wreath sales, holiday open houses, etc.
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11am-4pm; Saturday 10am-3pm; Sunday 1pm-4pm
326 North Main Street 757.923.4750www.suffolktrainstation.org