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Several railroad museums and organizations are working together to attract railroad buffs as part of an effort to increase tourism in Virginia.
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Several railroad museums and organizations are working together to attract railroad buffs as part of an effort to increase tourism in Virginia.

By Matt McCleskey

Several railroad museums and related organizations are working together to boost tourism in Virginia.

Earlier this year, the general assembly designated parts of central Virginia, along with the Alleghany Highlands and the Roanoke Valley as the state's Rail Heritage Region. The area contains the largest concentration of rail facilities in Virginia and the museums and groups are hoping if they team up to publicize the region's offerings, that will bring more railroad buffs, and their tourism dollars, to the Commonwealth.

Taking part in the effort are the Virginia Museum of Transportation and the O. Winston Link Museum, both in Roanoke. The Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and C & O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge are also on board.

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