Virginia Room Digital Collection


The Virginia Room Digital Collection includes photographs, oral histories, books, pamphlets and finding aids to items in the Virginia Room. Continue to check back for new additions.

Roanoke Railway & Electric Company Photograph Collection

Dublin Core


Roanoke Railway & Electric Company Photograph Collection


Roanoke Railway & Electric


This set of photographs is contained within the Roanoke Railway & Electric Company Records Collection. In addition to photographs, the collection contains correspondence, statistics, news clippings and general historical information on Roanoke Railway & Electric Company.




Roanoke Public Libraries


Please contact the Virginia Room at 540.853.2073 for permission to use.

Collection Items

RREC1 Jefferson Street
Looking south on Jefferson Street from the Campbell Avenue intersection.

RREC2  Campbell Avenue
Looking east on Campbell Avenue from the 1st Street intersection. S.H. Heironimus and Company visible at left. Its location was 37-39 Campbell.

RREC3 Lynchburg Traction & Light
Unidentified employees of Lynchburg Traction & Light Company in front of the "streetcar barn". Lynchburg Traction & Light Company was the predescessor to the Lynchburg Division of Appalachian Power.

RREC4 Downtown Roanoke
A bird's-eye view of Downtown Roanoke at Jefferson Street looking toward Mill Mountain. The St. James Hotel is visible in the foreground. At right can be seen the Terry Building.

RREC8 Roanoke Country Club
Golfers teeing off at Roanoke Country Club.

RREC9 Jefferson Street
Looking north on Jefferson Street at the Campbell Avenue Intersection. The Didier Grocers building at right, in earlier days, housed the street railway offices and provided a waiting room for the cars. In the middle of Jefferson Street, a horsecar…

RREC10 9th Street SE
Passengers board and disembark streetcars on 9th Street SE near American Viscose.

RREC11 Line Crew
Line Crew of the Roanoke Railway and Electric Company. From left are: Jim Payne (foreman), unidentified, Stannoke Maxey (lineman), last two unidentified.

RREC12 Mill Mountain
A panoramic view showing Mill Mountain looming over the Walnut Avenue Steam Plant of the Roanoke Railway & Electric Company.

RREC15 Meter Line Crew
Frank Haley (left) and Al Firebaugh of the Meter Cut-In Crew.

RREC16 Carrie
Roanoke Railway & Electric steam dummy Number 2, Carrie, with a Roanoke and Salem coach attached is shown, reportedly on its maiden run in 1890.

RREC18 Roanoke Railway & Electric
Roanoke Railway & Electric Company Walnut Avenue Steam Plant. In front of the plant is the old streetcar barn

RREC19 Number 44
Brill car Number 44 after a collision with a Virginian Railway locomotive under the Walnut Avenue bridge.

RREC20 Number 44
Another view of Brill car Number 44 after a collision with a Virginian Railway locomotive under the Walnut Avenue Bridge.

RREC21 Utility Wagon
A utility wagon of the Roanoke Railway & Electric Company and its companion mule.
View all 15 items