When we moved here in 2014, we didn’t know anything about Roanoke to speak of. When, in 2015, there was a lot of hooplah about the return of a steam engine from Spencer, North Carolina, we didn’t know why it was a big deal and didn’t know to ask. The news reported that people waited beside the tracks along the route, hoping to get a video, even though the time that it would pass was kept a secret. We did think that that was odd, but we were busy and weren’t paying attention.
The local hockey team is called the Rail Yard Dawgs. Up until recently, the oldest craft brewery in Roanoke was the Roanoke Railhouse. There are ads on television for the the popular local Roanoke restaurant called The Great 611 Steak House. At some point, you would think that we’d start asking questions, right? Continue reading “A Steam Engine in Roanoke”