Norfolk Southern Webcam in Roanoke VA Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the Norfolk Southern Roanoke Web Cam located?

A. The camera is perched high above downtown Roanoke, Virginia, atop the Hotel Roanoke.

Q. What is the vantage point of the NS Web Cam in Roanoke?

A. The camera faces south toward the Market Square area of downtown Roanoke, VA. On the right side of the Web Cam image is the Market Square Walkway, which spans the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. Seating is available on either side of the tracks for train watching.

Q. What kind of equipment do I need to watch the action on the cam?

A. You'll need a reasonably up-to-date browser and a connection to the internet at 28 Kbps or faster.

Q. I am having trouble seeing the webcam.

A. If you are having trouble with the Roanoke webcam here a few solutions you may try.

If you are on a Personal Computer (PC) running Firefox or Internet Explorer try updating to that latest media player: Download Windows Media Player 11

If you are on a Macintosh computer (Apple) running Firefox or Safari please try downloading the following plug in: Download Flip4Mac Windows Media Player

This webcam appears courtesy of the Hotel Roanoke. Kalmbach Publishing does not operate this webcam. If you are unable to connect to this feed via our site, please try the the Hotel Roanoke RailCam home page.

Q. Is there any way to make the image larger?

A. Sorry, no. The NS Roanoke Web Cam feed on is a fixed size.

Q. I've watched the NS Roanoke Web Cam for a long time and haven't seen a single train. Do you have a schedule of the trains that go by here?

A. As is the case with most of this country's freight railroads, Norfolk Southern trains through Roanoke run at various times around the clock. On a good day, there could be dozens of train movements through downtown Roanoke, but there can also be lulls that last an hour or more. Remember the first safety rule of railroading: expect a train on any track, in any direction, at any time. Please be patient ... keep coming back and you'll be rewarded with railroad action.

Q. I'd like to visit Roanoke, Virginia, on my next vacation. Any pointers on how I can get started?

A. The Railroad Attractions guide is a great place to start planning any trip and two primary attractions that come to mind when speaking of Roanoke are the Virginia Museum of Transportation and the O. Winston Link Museum.

In addition, the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a free downloadable visitor's guide from their Web site (see the Visitors section). As stated earlier, the Market Square Walkway on the right side of the live Web Cam image spans the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and seating is available on either side of the tracks for train watching.

Finally, the Hotel Roanoke offers a special Train Lover's Package for railfans planning a trip to Roanoke.

Q. Does offer any other trains Web cams?

A. Yes, we do! Click the Web Cams link at the top of this page to see our other railroading Web cams.
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