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(From a press release) NATURAL BRIDGE -- The Western Virginia Railroad Preservation Society has launched a fundraising campaign to rescue historic railroad equipment.

The equipment, which is in the former Virginia Scrap Iron & Metal Compay scrapyard in Roanoke, consists of three Norfolk & Western steam locomotives built between 1910 and 1921, two rare Baldwin diesel locomotives from the Chesapeake Western Railroad, two water canteen cars converted from steam locomotive tenders, and a flatcar.

The Virginia-based nonprofit organization was originally formed in 2003 to save the Roanoke locomotives, and added other projects after the scrapyard donated the equpiment to Virginia Museum of Transportation (VMT) later that year.

For more information about the group and to donate, visit www.wvrps.org

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