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Directory of Train Museums and Recreational Train Rides

It is extraordinary to see how many dedicated people have come together in comunities across the country to preserve the heritage of American Railroads. In many cases, people have raised money and given their time to restore old trains. I think you may be surprised to see how many of the museums and tourist train rides below have working steam engines, brought back to life from a bygone era. Many of the listings are true museums, where you can see historic artifacts and read about the local railroad history. Many other listings are working trains that offer rides, sometimes on a short excursion to see beautiful scenery away from crowded highways, sometimes to offer the opportunity to enjoy a gourmet dinner in a traditional dining car. There are a number of “mystery” trains that offer entertainment along with the train ride. While this may seem more like entertainment than history, what better way to see and understand the power and the magic of trains than to actually ride on one?
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ALABAMA

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
Calera, AL
https://www.hodrrm.org

Historic Huntsville Depot
Huntsville, AL
http://www.earlyworks.com/huntsville-depot-museum/

North Alabama Railroad Museum
Chase, AL
http://www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com


ALASKA

Alaska Railroad
Anchorage, AK
https://www.alaskarailroad.com

Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry
Wasilla, AK
http://www.museumofalaska.org


White Pass and Yukon Railway
Skagway, AK
https://wpyr.com


ARIZONA

Arizona Railway Museum
Chandler, AZ
http://www.azrymuseum.org

Grand Canyon Railway
Williams, AZ
https://www.thetrain.com

Verde Canyon Railroad
Clarkdale, AZ
https://verdecanyonrr.com



ARKANSAS

Arkansas and Missouri Railroad
Springdale, AR
http://www.amrailroad.com

Arkansas Railroad Museum
Pine Bluff, AR
http://arkansasrailroadmuseum.org

Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway
Eureka Springs, AR
http://www.esnarailway.com

Fort Smith Trolley Museum
Forth Smith, AR
http://www.fstm.org



CALIFORNIA

California State Railroad Museum
Sacramento, CA
https://www.californiarailroad.museum

Featherbed RR
Nice, CA
http://www.featherbedrailroad.com

Fillmore & Western Railroad
Fillmore, CA
http://www.fwry-blog.com

Golden Gate Railroad Museum
Sunol, CA
http://www.ggrm.org

Napa Valley Wine Train
Napa, CA
http://winetrain.com

Nevada County Traction Company LLC
Facebook but no website

Niles Canyon Railway
Sunol, CA
http://www.ncry.org

Orange Empire Railway Museum
Perris, CA
http://www.oerm.org

Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum at Campo
Campo, CA
https://www.psrm.org

Railtown 1987 State Historic Park
Jamestown, CA
http://www.railtown1897.org

Roaring Camp Railroad
Felton, CA
http://www.roaringcamp.com

Sierra Railroad / Sacramento River Train
West Sacramento, CA
https://www.sacramentorivertrain.com

Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources
Fremont, CA
http://www.spcrr.org

Western Pacific Railway Museum / Portola Railroad Museum
Portola, CA
http://www.wplives.org

Western Railway Museum
Susan City, CA
http://www.wrm.org

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Fish Camp, CA
http://ymsprr.com


COLORADO

Colorado Railroad Museum
Golden, CO
http://coloradorailroadmuseum.org

Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
Cripple Creek, CO
http://cripplecreekrailroad.com

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
Durango, CO
http://www.durangotrain.com

Georgetown Loop Mining & Railroad
Silver Plume, CO
https://www.georgetownlooprr.com

Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad
Leadville, CO
http://www.leadville-train.com

Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Manitou Springs, CO
http://www.cograilway.com

Colorado Springs Trolleys
Colorado Springs, CO
http://coloradospringstrolleys.com

Pueblo Railway Museum
Pueblo, CO
http://www.pueblorailway.org

Royal Gorge Route
Canon City, CO
https://royalgorgeroute.com

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
Alamosa, CO
http://www.coloradotrain.com


CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum
Willimantic, CT
http://www.cteastrrmuseum.org

Connecticut Trolley Museum
East Windsor, CT
http://ct-trolley.org

Danbury Railway Museum
Danbury, CT
http://www.danburyrailwaymuseum.org

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Essex, CT
http://essexsteamtrain.com

Railroad Museum of New England
Thomaston, CT
http://www.rmne.org

Shore Line Trolley Museum
East Haven, CT
http://shorelinetrolley.org


DELAWARE

Wilmington & Western Steam Tourist Railroad
http://www.wwrr.com



FLORIDA

Florida Railroad Museum
Parrish, FL
http://www.frrm.org

Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Miami, FL
http://www.gcrm.org

Seminole Gulf Railway
Fort Myers, FL
https://semgulf.com



GEORGIA

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge, GA
http://www.brscenic.com

Georgia State Railroad Museum
Savannah, GA
http://railga.com/oddend/roundhouse.html

SAM Shoreline Excursion Train
Cordell, GA
http://www.samshortline.com

Southeastern Railway Museum
Duluth, GA (near Atlanta)
https://www.train-museum.org

Stone MountainScenic Railroad
Stone Mountain, GA
http://www.stonemountainpark.com/Activities/Attractions/Scenic-Railroad


HAWAII

Hawaiian Railway Society
Ewa Beach, HI
http://www.hawaiianrailway.com

Lahaina Kaanapali Railroad
Lahaina, HI
https://www.sugarcanetrain.com


IDAHO

Thunder Mountain Line
Horseshoe Bend, ID
http://www.thundermountainline.com



ILLINOIS

Fox River Trolley Museum
South Elgin, IL
http://www.foxtrolley.org

Illinois Railway Museum
Union, IL
http://www.irm.org

Monticello Railway Museum
Monticello, IL
http://www.mrym.org

Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago, IL
http://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/transportation-gallery/

Pullman Rail Journeys
https://www.luxurytrainclub.com/trains/pullman-rail-journeys/
in different locations, including Europe
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad
Freeport, IL
http://www.thefreeportshow.com/scs.htm



INDIANA

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum
North Judson, IN
http://www.hoosiervalley.org

Indiana Railway Museum / French Lick, West Baden & Southern Railroad
French Lick, IN
http://www.frenchlickscenicrailway.org/Information-Station.html

Indiana Transportation Museum
Noblesville, IN
http://itm.org

National New York Central Railroad
Elkhart, IN
https://www.elkhartindiana.org/department/division.php?structureid=143

Whitewater Valley Railroad
Connersville, IN
http://www.whitewatervalleyrr.org

IOWA

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Boone, IA
http://www.bsvrr.com

Midwest Central Railroad
Mount Pleasant, IA
http://www.mcrr.org

Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Council Bluffs, IA
http://www.uprrmuseum.org


KANSAS

Abilene & Smokey Valley Railroad
Abilene, KS
http://www.asvrr.org

Great Plains Transportation Museum
Wichita, KS
http://www.gptm.us

Midland Railway
Baldwin City, KS
https://www.midlandrailway.org



KENTUCKY

Big South Fork Scenic Railway
Stearns, NY
http://www.bsfsry.com

Bluegrass Railroad Museum
Versailles, KY
http://www.bgrm.org

Kentucky Railway Museum
New Haven, KY
http://www.kyrail.org

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
Bardstown, KY
http://www.kydinnertrain.com


LOUISIANA

Old Hickory Railroad
Jackson, LA
http://www.louisianasteamtrain.com

Southern Forest Heritage Museum
Long Leaf, LA
http://www.forestheritagemuseum.org/railroad.html


MAINE

Boothbay Railway Village
Boothbay, ME
http://railwayvillage.org

Downeast Scenic Railroad
Ellsworth, ME
http://www.downeastscenicrail.org/ride/

DO NOT INCLUDE - THIS IS CLOSED
Maine Eastern Railroad
Rockland, ME
https://www.facebook.com/MaineEasternRailroad/

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
Portland, ME
http://www.mainenarrowgauge.org

Seashore Trolley Museum
Kennebunkport, ME
https://www.trolleymuseum.org

Wicasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway
Alna, ME
http://wwfry.org


MARYLAND

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
Baltimore, MD
http://www.borail.org

National Capitol Trolley Museum
Colesville, MD
http://www.dctrolley.org

Walkersville Southern Railroad
Walkersville, MD
http://wsrr.org

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Cumberland, MD
http://wmsr.com


MASSACHUSETTS

Berkshire Scenic Railway
Lenox, MA
http://berkshirescenicrailroad.org

Cape Cod Central Railroad
Hyannis, W. Barnstable, Sandwich, Buzzards Bay, MA
https://www.capetrain.com


MICHIGAN

Coopersville & Marne Railway
Coopersville, MI
http://www.coopersvilleandmarne.org

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI
https://www.thehenryford.org

Huckleberry Railroad
Flint, MI
http://geneseecountyparks.org/crossroads-village/attractions/huckleberry-railroad/

Michigan Transit Museum
Mt. Clemens, MI
http://www.michigantransitmuseum.com
great history narrative

Old Road Dinner Train
Blissfield, MI
http://www.murdermysterydinnertrain.com

Southern Michigan Railroad Society, Inc.
Clinton, MI
http://southernmichiganrailroad.com

The Steam Railroading Institute Museum
Owosso, MI
https://www.michigansteamtrain.com
Good Description and history of a Steam Engine
https://www.michigansteamtrain.com/collection
saved in 1969 by a “band of students” at Michigan State University

MINNESOTA

Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Duluth, MN
http://www.lsrm.org/Home/index.html

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad Museum
Duluth, MNB
http://www.lsmrr.org

Minnesota Transportation Museum
St. Paul, MN
http://mtm.my-free.website

North Shore Scenic Railroad
Duluth, MN
http://www.northshorescenicrailroad.org/Home.html


MISSISSIPPI

Water Valley Casey Jones Railway Museum
Water Valley, MS
http://caseyjonesmuseum.com

MISSOURI

American Railway Caboose Historical Educational Society
St. Louis, MO
http://www.arches.org

Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad Company
Bolton, MO
http://beltonrailroad.org

Branson Scenic Railway
Branson, MO
http://bransontrain.com

Columbia Star Dinner Train
Columbia, MO
http://columbiadinnertrain.com

Museum of Transportation
St. Louis, MO
http://transportmuseumassociation.org

St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway
Jackson, MO
http://www.slimrr.com

American Association of Railroaders, Inc.
St. Louis, MO
http://www.aar-therailroaders.org


MONTANA

Adler Gulch Short Line Railroad
Virginia City, MT
http://aldergulch.com

Charlie Russell Chew-Choo
Lewiston, MT
http://www.montanadinnertrain.com

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Missoula, MT
http://www.fortmissoulamuseum.org


NEBRASKA

Fremont & Elkhart Valley Railroad
Fremont, NE
http://www.fremontrailroad.com

Golden Spike Tower
North Platte, NE
http://goldenspiketower.com/bailey-yard/bailey-yard-history/

Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum
Fairbury, NE
http://www.fairbury.com/pages/history/depot.html


NEVADA

Nevada Northern Railway Museum
Ely, NV
http://www.nnry.com

Nevada State Railroad Museum
Carson City, NV
http://www.nsrm-friends.org

Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Virginia City, NV
http://virginiatruckee.com


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train
North Woodstock, NH
http://www.cafelafayettedinnertrain.com

Conway Scenic Railroad
North Conway, NH
http://conwayscenic.com

Hobo Railroad and Winnipesaukee Railroad
Lincoln, NH and Winnipesaukee, NH
http://www.hoborr.com

Mount Washington Cog Railway
Bretton Woods, NH
https://www.thecog.com

White Mountain Central Railroad
Lincoln, NH
http://whitemountaincentralrr.com


NEW JERSEY

Black River & Western Railroad
Ringoes, NJ
http://www.brwrr.com

Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Phillipsburg, NJ
http://877trainride.com

Cape May Seashore Lines
http://www.capemayseashorelines.org

New Jersey Museum of Transportation
Allaire State Park, NJ
http://www.njmt.org

Whippany Railway Museum
Whipping, NJ
http://www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net


NEW MEXICO

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Chama, NM
http://cumbrestoltec.com
Beautiful photos of steam trains
https://www.cumbrestoltec.org

Santa Fe Southern Railway
Santa Fe, NM
http://www.thetraininsantafe.com

NEW YORK

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Utica, Thendara, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, NY
http://www.adirondackrr.com

Arcade & Attica Railroad
Arcade, NY
https://www.aarailroad.com

Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad
Milford, NY
http://www.lrhs.com

Delaware & Ulster Railroad
Arkville, NY
http://durr.org

Finger Lakes Railway
A working regional freight service
Geneva, NY
http://www.fingerlakesrail.com

Medina Railroad Museum
Medina, NY
https://www.medinarailroad.com

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
Rush, NY
http://www.rgvrrm.org

Saratoga and North Creek Railroad
North Creek, NY
https://www.sncrr.com

Trolley Museum of New York
Kingston, NY
http://tmny.org


NORTH CAROLINA

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Bryson City, NC
http://www.gsmr.com

New Hope Valley Railway
Bonsai, NC
http://www.triangletrain.com

North Carolina Transportation Museum
Spencer, NC
http://www.nctrans.org

Tweetsie Railroad
Blowing Rock, NC
https://tweetsie.com


NORTH DAKOTA

Bonanzaville USA
West Fargo, ND
http://www.bonanzaville.org

North Dakota State Railroad Museum
Mandan, ND
http://www.ndsrm.org


OHIO

AC & J Scenic Line Railway
Jefferson, OH
http://www.trainweb.org/chris/13asj.html

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH
https://www.cvsr.com

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
Nelsonville, OH
http://www.hvsry.org

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
Lebanon, OH
http://www.lebanonrr.com

Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum
Bellevue, OH
http://www.madrivermuseum.org
photos of extensive collection on the web site


Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.
Findlay, OH
http://www.nworrp.org

Orrville Railroad Heritage Society
Orrville, OH
http://www.orrvillerailroad.com



OKLAHOMA

Farmrail System, Inc.
Clinton, OK
http://www.farmrail.com
A working freight rail system

Railroad Museum of Oklahoma
Enid, OK
http://www.railroadmuseumofoklahoma.com



OREGON

Eagle Cap Excursion Train
Elgin, OR
http://eaglecaptrainrides.com

Mount Hood Railroad
Hood River, OR
http://www.mthoodrr.com

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Garibaldi, OR
http://www.oregoncoastscenic.org

Sumpter Valley Railway
Baker City, Or
http://www.sumptervalleyrailroad.org


PENNSYLVANIA

Catawissa Railroad
Elysburg, PA
http://www.caboosenut.com


East Broad Top Railroad
Rockhill, PA
http://www.febt.org
http://www.spikesys.com/EBT/

Kiski Junction Railroad
Schenley, PA
http://kiskijunction.com

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Jim Thorpe, PA
http://www.lgsry.com

Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad
Middletown, PA
http://www.mhrailroad.com

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
New Hope, PA
https://www.newhoperailroad.com

Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad
Titusville, PA
http://www.octrr.org

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Strasburg, PA
http://www.rrmuseumpa.org

Railroaders Memorial Museum
Altoona, PA
http://www.railroadcity.com

Steamtown National Historic Site
Scranton, PA
https://www.nps.gov/stea/index.htm

Strasburg Rail Road
Rocks, PA
https://www.strasburgrailroad.com

Rockhill Trolley Museum
Rockhill, PA
http://rockhilltrolley.org

Tioga Central Railroad
Wellsboro, PA
http://tiogacentral.com

Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad
Compton, PA
http://www.kemptontrain.com


RHODE ISLAND

Newport Dinner Train
Newport, RI
http://trainsri.com


SOUTH CAROLINA


South Carolina Railroad Museum
Winnsboro, SC
http://www.scrm.org


SOUTH DAKOTA

Black Hills Central Railroad
Hill City, SD
http://www.1880train.com
https://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/business/1880-train-black-hills-central-railroad

Prairie Village, Herman & Milwaukee Railroad
Herman Township, SD
http://www.prairievillage.org/railroad/


TENNESSEE

Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum
Jackson, TN
http://www.caseyjones.com

Dollywood Express Train
Great Smokey Mountains, TN
http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Rides/Dollywood-Express

Southern Appalachia Railway Museum
Near Oak Ridge, TN
http://www.secretcityrailroad.com

Tennessee Central Railway Museum
Nashville, TN
http://www.tcry.org

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Chattanooga, TN
http://www.tvrail.com

The Chattanooga Choo Choo
Train theme hotel and restaurant
Chattanooga, TN
http://choochoo.com/dining/onsite-restaurant

Three Rivers Rambler
Knoxville,TN
http://www.threeriversrambler.com/203-lindy/


TEXAS

Austin Steam Train Association
Cedar Park, TX
http://www.austinsteamtrain.org

Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Grapevine, TX
https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com

Museum of the American Railroad
Frisco, TX
http://www.museumoftheamericanrailroad.org

Railroad and Heritage Museum
Temple, TX
https://www.facebook.com/templerrhm/

Texas & Pacific Railway Museum
Marshall, TX
http://www.texaspacificrailway.org
https://www.facebook.com/Marshall.Depot/

Texas State Railroad
Rusk, TX
http://www.texasstaterr.com

Texas Transportation Museum
San Antonio, TX
http://www.txtransportationmuseum.org/index.php


UTAH

Golden Spike National Historic Site
Promontory Summit, UT near Brigham
This site is where the east and west
sections of the Transcontinental Railroad
joined to mark a turning point in American
history that joined the east and west coasts
on May 10, 1969
https://www.nps.gov/gosp

Heber Valley Railroad
Heber City, UT
https://hebervalleyrr.org

Ogden Union Station
Ogden, UT
http://theunionstation.org


VERMONT

Green Mountain Railroad
Burlington, VT
http://www.rails-vt.com

VIRGINIA

Eastern Shore Railway Museum
Pakrsley, VA
http://www.parksley.org/eastern_shore_railway_museum.htm

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum
Fairfax Station, VA
http://www.fairfax-station.org

O. Winston Link Museum
Roanoke, VA
http://roanokehistory.org

US Army Transportation Museum
Newport News, VA
https://www.virginia.org/Listings/Museums/USArmyTransportationMuseum/

Virginia Museum of Transportation
Roanoke, VA
http://vmt.org


WASHINGTON

Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum
Chehalis, WA
http://steamtrainride.com

Chelatachie Prairie Railroad
Yacolt, WA
http://www.bycx.com

Chelan County Historical Society / Cashmere Museum
Cashmere, WA
http://www.cashmeremuseum.org

Dayton Depot
Dayton, WA
http://www.daytonhistoricdepot.org

Lake Whatcom Railway
Pedro-Woolley, WA
http://www.lakewhatcomrailway.com

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
Elbe, WA
http://mtrainierrailroad.com

Northern Pacific Railway Museum
Toppenish, WA
https://www.nprymuseum.org

Northwest Railway Museum
Snoqualmie, WA
https://www.trainmuseum.org



WEST VIRGINIA

Cass Scenic Railroad
Cass, WV
http://www.cassrailroad.com

Durbin & Greenbriar Valley Railroad
Durbin, WV
http://mountainrailwv.com
or
https://www.facebook.com/MountainRail/

New River Train
Huntington, WV
http://www.newrivertrain.com

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Romney, WV
https://www.potomaceagle.info


WISCONSIN

Camp Five Museum
Leona, WI
http://www.camp5museum.org

Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society
North Freedom, WI
http://www.midcontinent.org

National Railroad Museum
Greenbay, WA
http://nationalrrmuseum.org

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad
Trego, WI
https://spoonertrainride.com


WYOMING

Cheyenne Depot Museum
Cheyenne, WY
http://www.cheyennedepotmuseum.org







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