Virginia - Spotsylvania - Rappahannock Railroad Museum Little Yellow Train

The Rappahannock Railroad Museum offers free rides on The Little Yellow Train.

Are you a gearhead? Or do you prefer machines that fly? Does riding the rails conjure images of days gone by? No matter your favorite mode of travel, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, is a great place to explore modes of transportation—planes, trains, and automobiles. 

High-Speed Thrills and Community Heroes

“NASCAR is popular because it’s a family sport,” said Brandon Full, the communications director for Dominion Raceway. “Unlike most sports that require you to pick one side or the other, fans have the opportunity to pick from a list of cars or drivers with great diversity.”

You will find all the best NASCAR action at Dominion this fall. “Fall weather lends itself to great racing conditions for fans and drivers,” said Fuller. “With the sun setting earlier and cooler temperatures, it makes for a more pleasant experience. Plus, during the fall season we get started racing at 5 p.m., versus 7 p.m., so drivers and fans can expect to be home earlier.”

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The Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, offers high-octane thrills throughout the year.

The fall schedule is packed with excitement! See NASCAR on September 10 and 24 and October 18, the SMART Modified Tour Racing on September 17, and Super Cup Stock Car Series Racing on October 1. Save time by purchasing tickets online at dominionraceway.com.

If you want to take a closer look at the vehicles that respond to emergencies, bring the whole family to the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department’s 75th Anniversary Celebration on October 1 in Spotsylvania Courthouse. “We will start with a parade at 3 p.m.,” said Fire Chief Brad Williams, “and continue the event at Merchant’s Square.” 

The celebration will have all the makings of a community festival: food trucks, vendors, face-painters, a local radio broadcast, and the popular “Kids’ Challenge Obstacle Course,” in which youngsters get to handle a real fire-fighting water hose and ring the firetruck’s bells. 

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The Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department’s 75th Anniversary Celebration on October 1 will let kids of all ages get up close and personal with firetrucks.

Firetrucks, police cruisers, and ambulances will be parked and available for kids of all ages to touch, climb aboard, take pictures, and talk with the men and women who come to our community’s rescue every day. Follow the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department on Facebook to learn more about this event. 

History on the Rails

“Few people get to see a working railroad yard,” said Rappahannock Railroad Museum President James “Jake” Taylor, but he and his fellow museum volunteers are working hard to correct that. Every Saturday morning, you will find them showing off the museum’s collection of restored railcars, engines, and model trains. 

The museum is located at an active railroad yard used by CXS, the leading rail-based freight service in America. On Saturdays, however, the freight trains stay off the tracks, and Taylor and his crew give visitors rides on a restored Maintenance of Way vehicle they call “The Little Yellow Train.” The open-car train travels 10 miles per hour and was once used to transport railroad workers. 

On October 29, the museum is hosting its annual Autumn Leaves Special. Hours for the museum are extended that day. “It’s a beautiful time of year to take in the foliage and enjoy the wildlife we see along the way,” said Taylor. As always, admission to the Rappahannock Railroad Museum and rides on The Little Yellow Train are free of charge, but donations are welcome. For more information, visit rrmuseum.org.

A High-Flying Event

Conveniently, the nearby Shannon Air Museum is hosting its annual Harvest Festival Fly-In the very same day. “It’s a fun, family-friendly day,” said Assistant Director Kristen Curtas-Barnum. 

“We’ll have hands-on aviation activities, two candy-drops, food trucks, and helicopter and airplane rides for an additional fee.”

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The Shannon Air Museum will offer fun for the whole family at its annual Harvest Festival Fly-In on October 20.

General admission to the event is only $5 and includes access to the museum, where you will see static displays of historic aircraft from the Golden Age of Aviation and WWII. The museum also houses the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame. Learn more at shannonairmuseum.com.

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