The railroad tunnel on the Guest River Gorge trail highlighted by vibrant fall color. Formerly built by the Interstate railroad to access coal fields in 1922, it was used by Norfolk and Western (later Norfolk Southern) railroad until 1988. The 5.8 mile rail bed was then donated to the State and converted into a beautiful hiking and biking trail along the Guest River.
The Fannon train museum located in Duffield, Virginia, the smallest incorporated town in Virginia. The museum is actually a replica depot that was used as a prop in the movie "Coal Miners Daughter". In the movie, it had a sign on the depot indicating that it was in Van Lear, Kentucky, which was the closest town to Butcher Hollow, where Loretta Lynn grew up. The depot was donated to Kenny Fannon in 1980 after the movie production was finished. The caboose previously belonged to Norfolk and Western railroad and was donated to Kenny Fannon in 1989. It was built in 1940 in the Roanoke, Virginia shops.
The restored railroad station in Bristol, Virginia was built in 1902. After passenger service stopped, it was used as a shopping and dining venue and then left empty. It was purchased by the Bristol Train Station Foundation in 1999 and lovingly restored. The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Bristol is trying to restart passenger rail service again via Amtrak, as Roanoke succeeded in doing in October 2017.