Coach and trolley museum - Roanoke

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The Commonwealth Coach & Trolley Museum is located in the vicinity of
Cleveland and 19th Streets in Southwest Roanoke in a somewhat run-down
former industrial area along the former Virginian main line and across the
Roanoke River from the former N & W Belt Line.  They have a building where
the restoration of several buses has taken place. There is also a yard
(fenced in as I recall) where other buses are stored.  The restored buses
are apparently available for charter, and I understand that one was used
during the NWHS National Convention here in Roanoke last July to take some
attendees to Bedford to the National D-Day Memorial.  The only trolley
equipment that I am aware of at this museum is a badly deteriorated body of
a 1926 Brill car that operated in Roanoke in later years.

One of the principals in the museum is Bev Fitzpatrick, Roanoke's vice

Gordon Hamilton

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Subject: Coach and trolley museum - Roanoke

> Virginia Association of Museums
> February 23, 2005
> From: "Margo Carlock" <mcarlock at>
> ...
> Bills of Interest
> HB 2079 Historic Preservation and Museum Assistance
> Grant Program and Fund.
> Patron - Marian Van Landingham   Creates the Virginia
> Historic Preservation and Museum Assistance Grant
> Program and Fund within the Department of Historic
> Resources. The source of funding for the Fund will be
> from gifts, donations, grants, bequests, and other
> funds as may be appropriated. The Program will
> administer the Fund in order to provide grants to
> nonprofit organizations, localities, business
> entities, and individuals for the purpose of: (i)
> acquiring, rehabilitating, restoring, or interpreting
> historic properties; (ii) financing costs directly
> related to a rehabilitation or restoration project,
> which may include the costs of studies, surveys, plans
> and specifications, and architectural, engineering or
> other special services; or (iii) funding historic
> preservation education and promotion, including the
> research, survey, and evaluation of historic
> properties and the preparation of historic
> preservation planning documents and educational
> materials.  Committee amendment requires that should
> no funds from any source be received in the fund by
> July 1, 2007, that the provisions of this act shall
> expire.
> 02/03/05 House: Committee amendment agreed to
> 02/04/05 House: Passed House (91-Y 1-N)
> 02/07/05 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws
> 02/16/05 Senate: Reported from General Laws (15-Y 0-N)
> 02/21/05 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
> HB 2080 Appropriation of State Funds to Museums and
> Historic Sites - Establishment of July 1 Deadline for
> Requests for Nonstate Agency Grants.
> Patron - Kenneth R. Plum   Sets July 1 of
> even-numbered years as the cutoff date for requests
> for state aid, or amendments to requests, to be
> submitted to the Department of Historic Resources for
> consideration. This bill also establishes new
> requirements for organizations that apply for state
> aid, such as: (i) applicants must certify that they
> have read and acknowledged all information on how the
> grants will be administered and how funds will be
> disbursed, (ii) any change in scope of a project must
> be approved by the Department prior to implementation
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> subject to state procurement and accounting
> requirements, (iv) state funds must be matched, and
> (v) the Department may require progress reports from
> each grant recipient. This bill also requires that for
> renovation grants or grants for reconstruction of
> historic sites, the Appropriation Act shall include
> the name of the recipient organizations and the
> purposes of their grants.  Committee substitute adds
> interpretation to the maintenance and operation of
> sites as fundable.Additional amendment specifies that
> activities to be covered are grant-funded.
> 01/27/05 House: Committee substitute agreed to
> 052107464-H1
> 01/27/05 House: Amendments by Del. Plum agreed to
> 01/28/05 House: Passed House (96-Y 0-N)
> 01/31/05 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
> 02/09/05 Senate: Reported from Finance (14-Y 0-N)
> 02/11/05 Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
> ...
> HJ 815 Coach and Trolley Museum Designated as Official
> Transit Museum of State.
> Patron - William H. Fralin, Jr.    Designates the
> Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, Inc., in
> Roanoke as the Official Transit Museum of the
> Commonwealth.
> 02/04/05 House: Passed by House (83-Y 9-N)
> 02/07/05 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
> 02/18/05 Senate: Left in Rules
> February 25, 2005
> Hello, all:
> I haven't heard of the "Coach and Trolley Museum" or
> that it may be designated as "Official Transit Museum
> of State."  Where is this museum located in Roanoke?
> Best wishes,
> =====
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> Railway Mail Service Library, Inc.
> f_scheer at
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> (540) 837-9090 - weekend afternoons
> in the former N&W station on VA rte 723
> 117 East Main Street
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