The Fire

In the early morning hours of November 1, 2017, Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum in Roanoke, Virginia suffered a devastating fire. The loss is estimated at $555,000.


Our losses include:

• The entire storage facility

• The majority of our vintage buses

• Tools

• Vintage signage

• Maintenance records

• A warehouse of replacement parts


Much was lost, however, the salvageable buses and a few parts buses have been moved to a temporary location. Despite the devastating fire, we are continuing to run trolleys on behalf of local non-profits.

What caused the blaze?


At this point, there has been no official cause determined, however, the investigation is ongoing.


Our future?


This is a severe setback, but we remain dedicated to preserving our transit heritage. We need your help to get back on schedule.


Our needs:


• A new long-term facility for storage and maintenance

• Repair parts for buses damaged by the fire

• Tools

• Volunteers with experience in driving, bodywork, mechanical repair or other skills

• Monetary donations to help us repair and rebuild our fleet


Our Thanks!


We wish to thank the heroic firefighters who battled the fire and the supporters who have reached out.  We are sincerely thankful no one was hurt in the blaze or the efforts to control it.


Don’t miss the bus!


We are committed to returning our museum to its former glory and continuing to serve the commonwealth. We need your help to make it happen.

How to give:


As a 501c3 non-profit organization, your contributions to Commonwealth Coach & Trolley are tax deductible. Please check with your tax advisor about your particular situation.  




Donations are being accepted through the Virginia Museum of Transportation.




10 27th Street, S.E.       

Roanoke, Virginia 24014


If you have a facility you may be willing to donate or rent at a low cost or have skills, parts or buses you wish to contribute, call 540.342.2383 or email Bev Fitzpatrick, President, at btfitzjr@cox.net.

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Site updated January 2018.