The Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum in Suffolk, Virginia, is a treat for railway historians and modelers, alike.
Built in 1885 for the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad, this Queen Anne style station has remained almost unchanged. A walnut paneled spiral staircase allows access to the tower.Many original features were saved and restored such as the doors, windows, coffered ceiling, fireplace and porch.
Suffolk prospered after the American Civil War and by 1918, the city was served by six railroads which averaged 32 passenger trains and 70 freight trains per day.
The museum owns a bay window caboose. Guests can tour the interior which was refurbished by Eagle Scouts.
Suffolk City Model (1907)
As impressive as the station is, perhaps the the pièce de résistance is the exceptional HO model of 1907 Suffolk City. Built by the Tidewater Division of the National Model Railroad Association, it features two first-place National Competition scratchbuilt model buildings. One building is the fascinating Suffolk tourist attraction "Riddick’s Folly", an early 19th Century mansion.
The Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum is owned and operated by the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society. http://www.suffolktrainstation.org
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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR) FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES
I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art.
My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling!
My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...