The 2017 ornament celebrates the return of passenger rail travel to Roanoke, VA, after almost forty years since Amtrak operated the route between Roanoke and Chicago. This new east ~ west service has been made possible by a collaboration between the State of Virginia and the Norfolk Southern Railway. The new platform, Amtrak’s “Roanoke Station,” will be a part of the existing Northeast Regional line travelling through Lynchburg to Union Station in Washington, DC, and on to Boston South Station via connection. Startup service will offer a daily early departure and late return to begin October 31, 2017.
The artist’ depiction of the site includes a section of the platform across the tracks and below the iconic N&W General Office Building. The platform stretches parallel along Norfolk Avenue, where the N&W complex of offices and Hotel Roanoke, both constructed in 1882, are clearly visible and a reminder of the early influence of rail traffic in Southwestern Virginia. From Downtown Roanoke the train will be visible rumbling past the end of Jefferson Street.
Solid Brass Christmas Ornament: Brushed Finish. Includes ribbon as shown. First produced in 2017.
Dimensions: 1.14” height x 2.13” width
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