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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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Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
Calera, AL

Historic Huntsville Depot
Huntsville, AL

North Alabama Railroad Museum
Chase, AL


Alaska Railroad
Anchorage, AK

Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry
Wasilla, AK

White Pass and Yukon Railway
Skagway, AK


Arizona Railway Museum
Chandler, AZ

Grand Canyon Railway
Williams, AZ

Verde Canyon Railroad
Clarkdale, AZ


Arkansas and Missouri Railroad
Springdale, AR

Arkansas Railroad Museum
Pine Bluff, AR

Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway
Eureka Springs, AR

Fort Smith Trolley Museum
Forth Smith, AR


California State Railroad Museum
Sacramento, CA

Featherbed RR
Nice, CA

Fillmore & Western Railroad
Fillmore, CA

Golden Gate Railroad Museum
Sunol, CA

Napa Valley Wine Train
Napa, CA

Nevada County Traction Company LLC
Facebook but no website

Niles Canyon Railway
Sunol, CA

Orange Empire Railway Museum
Perris, CA

Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum at Campo
Campo, CA

Railtown 1987 State Historic Park
Jamestown, CA

Roaring Camp Railroad
Felton, CA

Sierra Railroad / Sacramento River Train
West Sacramento, CA

Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources
Fremont, CA

Western Pacific Railway Museum / Portola Railroad Museum
Portola, CA

Western Railway Museum
Susan City, CA

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Fish Camp, CA


Colorado Railroad Museum
Golden, CO

Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
Cripple Creek, CO

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
Durango, CO

Georgetown Loop Mining & Railroad
Silver Plume, CO

Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad
Leadville, CO

Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Manitou Springs, CO

Colorado Springs Trolleys
Colorado Springs, CO

Pueblo Railway Museum
Pueblo, CO

Royal Gorge Route
Canon City, CO

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
Alamosa, CO


Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum
Willimantic, CT

Connecticut Trolley Museum
East Windsor, CT

Danbury Railway Museum
Danbury, CT

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Essex, CT

Railroad Museum of New England
Thomaston, CT

Shore Line Trolley Museum
East Haven, CT


Wilmington & Western Steam Tourist Railroad


Florida Railroad Museum
Parrish, FL

Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Miami, FL

Seminole Gulf Railway
Fort Myers, FL


Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Blue Ridge, GA

Georgia State Railroad Museum
Savannah, GA

SAM Shoreline Excursion Train
Cordell, GA

Southeastern Railway Museum
Duluth, GA (near Atlanta)

Stone MountainScenic Railroad
Stone Mountain, GA


Hawaiian Railway Society
Ewa Beach, HI

Lahaina Kaanapali Railroad
Lahaina, HI


Thunder Mountain Line
Horseshoe Bend, ID


Fox River Trolley Museum
South Elgin, IL

Illinois Railway Museum
Union, IL

Monticello Railway Museum
Monticello, IL

Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago, IL

Pullman Rail Journeys
in different locations, including Europe
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad
Freeport, IL


Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum
North Judson, IN

Indiana Railway Museum / French Lick, West Baden & Southern Railroad
French Lick, IN

Indiana Transportation Museum
Noblesville, IN

National New York Central Railroad
Elkhart, IN

Whitewater Valley Railroad
Connersville, IN


Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Boone, IA

Midwest Central Railroad
Mount Pleasant, IA

Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Council Bluffs, IA


Abilene & Smokey Valley Railroad
Abilene, KS

Great Plains Transportation Museum
Wichita, KS

Midland Railway
Baldwin City, KS


Big South Fork Scenic Railway
Stearns, NY

Bluegrass Railroad Museum
Versailles, KY

Kentucky Railway Museum
New Haven, KY

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
Bardstown, KY


Old Hickory Railroad
Jackson, LA

Southern Forest Heritage Museum
Long Leaf, LA


Boothbay Railway Village
Boothbay, ME

Downeast Scenic Railroad
Ellsworth, ME

Maine Eastern Railroad
Rockland, ME

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
Portland, ME

Seashore Trolley Museum
Kennebunkport, ME

Wicasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway
Alna, ME


Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
Baltimore, MD

National Capitol Trolley Museum
Colesville, MD

Walkersville Southern Railroad
Walkersville, MD

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Cumberland, MD


Berkshire Scenic Railway
Lenox, MA

Cape Cod Central Railroad
Hyannis, W. Barnstable, Sandwich, Buzzards Bay, MA


Coopersville & Marne Railway
Coopersville, MI

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI

Huckleberry Railroad
Flint, MI

Michigan Transit Museum
Mt. Clemens, MI
great history narrative

Old Road Dinner Train
Blissfield, MI

Southern Michigan Railroad Society, Inc.
Clinton, MI

The Steam Railroading Institute Museum
Owosso, MI
Good Description and history of a Steam Engine
saved in 1969 by a “band of students” at Michigan State University


Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Duluth, MN

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad Museum
Duluth, MNB

Minnesota Transportation Museum
St. Paul, MN

North Shore Scenic Railroad
Duluth, MN


Water Valley Casey Jones Railway Museum
Water Valley, MS


American Railway Caboose Historical Educational Society
St. Louis, MO

Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad Company
Bolton, MO

Branson Scenic Railway
Branson, MO

Columbia Star Dinner Train
Columbia, MO

Museum of Transportation
St. Louis, MO

St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway
Jackson, MO

American Association of Railroaders, Inc.
St. Louis, MO


Adler Gulch Short Line Railroad
Virginia City, MT

Charlie Russell Chew-Choo
Lewiston, MT

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Missoula, MT


Fremont & Elkhart Valley Railroad
Fremont, NE

Golden Spike Tower
North Platte, NE

Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum
Fairbury, NE


Nevada Northern Railway Museum
Ely, NV

Nevada State Railroad Museum
Carson City, NV

Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Virginia City, NV


Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train
North Woodstock, NH

Conway Scenic Railroad
North Conway, NH

Hobo Railroad and Winnipesaukee Railroad
Lincoln, NH and Winnipesaukee, NH

Mount Washington Cog Railway
Bretton Woods, NH

White Mountain Central Railroad
Lincoln, NH


Black River & Western Railroad
Ringoes, NJ

Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Phillipsburg, NJ

Cape May Seashore Lines

New Jersey Museum of Transportation
Allaire State Park, NJ

Whippany Railway Museum
Whipping, NJ


Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Chama, NM
Beautiful photos of steam trains

Santa Fe Southern Railway
Santa Fe, NM


Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Utica, Thendara, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, NY

Arcade & Attica Railroad
Arcade, NY

Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad
Milford, NY

Delaware & Ulster Railroad
Arkville, NY

Finger Lakes Railway
A working regional freight service
Geneva, NY

Medina Railroad Museum
Medina, NY

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
Rush, NY

Saratoga and North Creek Railroad
North Creek, NY

Trolley Museum of New York
Kingston, NY


Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Bryson City, NC

New Hope Valley Railway
Bonsai, NC

North Carolina Transportation Museum
Spencer, NC

Tweetsie Railroad
Blowing Rock, NC


Bonanzaville USA
West Fargo, ND

North Dakota State Railroad Museum
Mandan, ND


AC & J Scenic Line Railway
Jefferson, OH

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
Nelsonville, OH

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
Lebanon, OH

Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum
Bellevue, OH
photos of extensive collection on the web site

Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.
Findlay, OH

Orrville Railroad Heritage Society
Orrville, OH


Farmrail System, Inc.
Clinton, OK
A working freight rail system

Railroad Museum of Oklahoma
Enid, OK


Eagle Cap Excursion Train
Elgin, OR

Mount Hood Railroad
Hood River, OR

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Garibaldi, OR

Sumpter Valley Railway
Baker City, Or


Catawissa Railroad
Elysburg, PA

East Broad Top Railroad
Rockhill, PA

Kiski Junction Railroad
Schenley, PA

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Jim Thorpe, PA

Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad
Middletown, PA

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
New Hope, PA

Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad
Titusville, PA

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Strasburg, PA

Railroaders Memorial Museum
Altoona, PA

Steamtown National Historic Site
Scranton, PA

Strasburg Rail Road
Rocks, PA

Rockhill Trolley Museum
Rockhill, PA

Tioga Central Railroad
Wellsboro, PA

Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad
Compton, PA


Newport Dinner Train
Newport, RI


South Carolina Railroad Museum
Winnsboro, SC


Black Hills Central Railroad
Hill City, SD

Prairie Village, Herman & Milwaukee Railroad
Herman Township, SD


Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum
Jackson, TN

Dollywood Express Train
Great Smokey Mountains, TN

Southern Appalachia Railway Museum
Near Oak Ridge, TN

Tennessee Central Railway Museum
Nashville, TN

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Chattanooga, TN

The Chattanooga Choo Choo
Train theme hotel and restaurant
Chattanooga, TN

Three Rivers Rambler


Austin Steam Train Association
Cedar Park, TX

Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Grapevine, TX

Museum of the American Railroad
Frisco, TX

Railroad and Heritage Museum
Temple, TX

Texas & Pacific Railway Museum
Marshall, TX

Texas State Railroad
Rusk, TX

Texas Transportation Museum
San Antonio, TX


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

Heber Valley Railroad
Heber City, UT

Ogden Union Station
Ogden, UT


Green Mountain Railroad
Burlington, VT


Eastern Shore Railway Museum
Pakrsley, VA

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum
Fairfax Station, VA

O. Winston Link Museum
Roanoke, VA

US Army Transportation Museum
Newport News, VA

Virginia Museum of Transportation
Roanoke, VA


Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum
Chehalis, WA

Chelatachie Prairie Railroad
Yacolt, WA

Chelan County Historical Society / Cashmere Museum
Cashmere, WA

Dayton Depot
Dayton, WA

Lake Whatcom Railway
Pedro-Woolley, WA

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
Elbe, WA

Northern Pacific Railway Museum
Toppenish, WA

Northwest Railway Museum
Snoqualmie, WA


Cass Scenic Railroad
Cass, WV

Durbin & Greenbriar Valley Railroad
Durbin, WV

New River Train
Huntington, WV

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Romney, WV


Camp Five Museum
Leona, WI

Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society
North Freedom, WI

National Railroad Museum
Greenbay, WA

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad
Trego, WI


Cheyenne Depot Museum
Cheyenne, WY


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