Museum displays, activities and events help preserve local history and promote railroading. Come explore Civil War history, railroading and the fascinating story of our local community.
Admission Fees: 16 yrs. and older: $4.00 ($5.00 for special events). Take a step back in time and discover the Fairfax Station Museum and the role it played in the history of Northern Virginia. A key element in the development of the regional economy from its completion on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad in 1854, it played a critical role in the American Civil War and was the center of local community life for almost a century until modern highways and rail transportation made local train depots a thing of the past. The Station was an important supply and medical evacuation site during the Civil War where Clara Barton, later the founder of the American Red Cross, assisted in relief and evacuation efforts in 1862 during the Second Battle of Bull Run.
Mission: The purpose of the Friends of the Fairfax Station, Inc. is to maintain and operate the rebuilt Fairfax Station Railroad Depot as a museum. Fairfax Station is rich in railroad, Civil War, and local history. The Friends of Fairfax Station foster an appreciation for this and offer programs and displays that interpret this history as well as supporting many model railroad clubs. All ages are welcome!
Operating as usual
Of many beautiful works featured at “Recent Works Show 2020” today. Please visit:
Please consider making a contribution at www.fairfax-station.org, thank you!
45 minutes till we start our Facebook live event with the NVTRAK model railroad club displaying N scale table top model trains! Please join us at 1 PM today.
Another Facebook live event on Sunday, October 11, 1 PM to 1:45 PM. The Northern Virginia NTRAK Club will be running Table Top trains and answering questions!
Photos from Fairfax Station Railroad Museum's post
Getting ready for the Facebook Live event at 1pm. Hope you can join is!
[08/15/20] Join us Sunday, August 16 from 1pm to 2pm for another Facebook Live event. NVTRAK members will display their TTRAK modules and trains. They will take your questions via comments on Facebook Live!
@montystrains running Lego Trains tomorrow at 2 PM on Facebook Live!
Who better to announce the time change this Sunday than @montystrains himself!
[06/23/20] Hi folks! Just a heads up that Monty's Trains featuring his fantastic Lego® Trains has been moved to 2pm this Sunday! Still happening, just a slight time adjustment! Thanks!
Hope you enjoyed the T-TRAK club today. Next week Legos®!
Join us tomorrow at 1 PM for a Facebook Live event featuring Northern Virginia NTRAK Club members discussing their individual modules! www.facebook/FFXSRR
Please join us today at 1 PM for our first Virtual Tour event on Facebook Live. Tom Boltz, one of our longtime docents, will be discussing the history and use of the caboose on railroads. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end. See you at 1 PM!
Massive displays of early ingenuity and power, conveyed through bellowing train whistles and billowing clouds of smoke, typified the era of the steam locomotive. The caboose, or the “mobile office” of its day, will be the first topic of discussion kicking off the first-ever Virtual Visit, hosted by Fairfax Station Railroad Museum in Fairfax, Va.
This event, hosted through Facebook Live at 1pm on June 14, is one of many the museum will host to engage railroad and history enthusiasts and novices alike while it prepares to open its doors once Virginia museums are allowed to re-open. “Our area is rich with railroad history and our museum is lucky to have a board of directors and docents who are passionate about sharing it,” said Jack Migliaccio, President, Friends of Fairfax Station. “While we work towards re-opening for on-site visitors, we want to encourage those interested in learning about that history to expand their knowledge virtually.”
The June 14 Facebook Live event will be hosted by Fairfax Station Railroad Museum Docent Tom Boltz. Mr. Boltz, who has been involved with the museum for several years, will share facts and insights on the topic, "What Is a Caboose?" & host a 30-minute tour of the Museum’s caboose before opening up the session for an interactive Q&A.
Facebook Live Virtual Events for June are as follows:
● 1pm, June 14: What Is a Caboose? By Tom Boltz
● 1pm, June 21: Railroading Tools Explained by Michael Chinworth
● 1pm, June 28: Monty’s Trains by Monty Smith
Times and dates for the below will be announced soon:
● "What Is a Speeder?" hosted by Dennis Velez
● Virtual Reading Circle hosted by Deb Mueller
● Virtual Craft Building hosted by Deb Mueller
● Model Trains Virtual Tours hosted by:
○ Northern Virginia NTRAK
○ HO Potomac Module Crew
○ Washington, Virginia, Maryland Garden Railway Society
Please tune in and watch!
On this Memorial Day, could we each take one minute of silence to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us over the history of our Republic.
Did you know that today is International Museum Day? The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, along with thousands of others around the globe, invite you to attend our Museum virtually today and explore our local history.
When you do that you can find the answer to our next Trivia Question! How many signal flags are on display at the station and what are the different colors? As usual, only answers submitted via the Messenger tab below will be accepted. The person with the first correct answer will get one free admission to the museum when we open again. Good luck!
Simply click on the virtual tour on our webpage to start your journey today and thanks for visiting!
[05/18/20] The answer to last week’s trivia question was 66 gallons. Nobody submitted the right answer so look for our next trivia question later this morning. Thanks for playing and stay safe out there!
Ready for the next Trivia Question Challenge? What is the capacity of the Water Supply tank located in the A End of our caboose? Only answers submitted via the "Message" tab below will be considered. Winner gets one free admission to the Museum when we open again! (Hint, you may want to explore the new Virtual Tour of the Museum for the answer!)
We may not be physically open but you can still visit us virtually with our latest addition of a 3D Virtual Tour of the Museum! Check it out on our homepage - https://fairfax-station.org/ - and thanks to @Aeriallook for delivering such a great product!
We have co-winners for our latest Trivia Question: Larry Waitsman and Scott McDonald - congratulations to both of you. Your names will be on a list at our admissions table for one free entry once we open again.
And the correct answer is:
Multiple companies used the same telegraph poles to run their lines. They used unique colors and/or shapes so linemen could identify their company’s lines.
Stay tuned for the next Trivia Quiz coming up soon!
Well no one took a guess at our last trivia question so here are the answers: Virginia in 1914 and Virginia in 1988!
Moving on to our next question for a free admission to the Station when we re-open. REMEMBER, ONLY ANSWERS SUBMITTED VIA THE SEND MESSAGE BUTTON WILL BE CONSIDERED!
Insulators on the telegraph poles came in different colors and shapes? Why?
Drum roll please! Time for the next Trivia Question! Winner gets one free admission to the Museum. Only answers received via the "Send Message" button will be accepted!
Two part question and you must get both parts correct to win!
(1) What state first required cabooses on all freight trains and what year?
(2) What was the last state to eliminate this requirement and what year?
Thanks for playing!
[04/07/20] Philip Kania is the winner of our second trivia contest question! He correctly identified the object in the picture as a Speeder manufactured by the Fairmont Motor Car Company. It could reach top speed of 40 mph. Congratulations Philip!￼￼
Trivia Time! Be sure you ONLY respond via the Send Message feature as correct answers posted back to this post are ineligible! What is this a picture of, what company manufactured it, and how fast could it go? First to answer all three correctly gets one free admission when we open again! Thanks for playing!
Winner winner, Chicken Dinner! Emily Sel was the first with the answer - "Angel of the Battlefield"
Congratulations Emily and thanks to the others who (quickly) submitted answers! Look for another Trivia question soon!
Good Day! No one submitted an answer to our first Trivia Question so here is the answer. Fairfax Station served the following railroads before it closed: Orange & Alexandria RR; Orange, Alexandria & Manassas RR; Washington City, Virginia Midland and Great Southern RR; Virginia Midlands Railway; and Southern Railway.
So, let’s try this again. Remember, only “message” us your answer and the first correct answer get one free admission to the Museum when we can serve you again.
Because of her humanitarian actions during the Civil War, Clara Barton was called what?
Hello out there in the "Social Isolation" world! We would like to continue to engage our community while we are closed so a few times a week we will publish a question relevant to our Museum and/or local history of the Fairfax Station area. We will offer the first person to answer a free admission to the Museum once we open again! Use the "Send Message" button below to provide us with your answer - don't just post your answer below please!
So here goes for the first question (sort of a Red-light Challenge for you Cash Cab fans):
The Fairfax Station served 5 different railroads before closing. Name four of those railroads. Go!
Please take care of each other during these challenging times. See you soon!
[03/11/20] Regrettably we are closed this Sunday, March 15 out of an abundance of caution for our museum staff, train club members, and the general public.￼
We ride through the hills of VA in honor of fallen law enforcement officers and participate in National Police Week by raising money for the NLEOMF.