ATSF 347C, SP 6051, and WP 913 at the California Railway Museum, Sacramento on August 26, 1988.

(Roger Puta, courtesy Marty Bernard, railfan 44, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

 

RAILROAD MUSEUMS

A railroad museum is a museum that explores the history of all aspects of rail related transportation, including: locomotives (steam, diesel, and electric), railway cars, trams, and railway signaling equipment. They may also operate historic equipment on museum grounds.

There are many excellent Railroad Museums located throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The following is a list that includes a link to that particular venue.  

Note: Links will open in a separate window directly to the appropriate website.

 

USA

Alabama

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum Calera, Alabama

North Alabama Railroad Museum Huntsville, Alabama

 

Arizona

Arizona Railway Museum Chandler, Arizona

Arizona State Railroad Museum Williams, Arizona

Phoenix Trolley Museum Phoenix, Arizona

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum Tucson, Arizona

 

Arkansas

Arkansas Railroad Museum Pine Bluff, Arkansas

 

California

California State Railroad Museum Sacramento, California

Golden Gate Railroad Museum Sunol, California

Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site, Laws, California

Lomita Railroad Museum Lomita, California

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad & Transportation Museum Nevada City, California

Niles Canyon Railway Fremont, California

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Campo, California

RailGiants Train Museum Pomona, California

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Jamestown, California

San Diego Electric Railway Association National City, California

San Diego Model Railroad Museum San Diego, California

San Francisco Cable Car Museum San Francisco, California

San Francisco Railway Museum San Francisco, California

Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources Fremont, California

South Coast Railroad Museum Goleta, California

Southern California Railway Museum Perris, California (Formerly Orange Empire Railway Museum)

Tehachapi Railroad Depot Tehachapi, California

Travel Town Museum Los Angeles, California

Western America Railroad Museum Barstow, California

Western Pacific Railroad Museum Portola, California

Western Railway Museum Rio Vista, California

 

Colorado

Colorado Railroad Museum Golden, Colorado

 

Connecticut

Connecticut Trolley Museum East Windsor, Connecticut

Danbury Railway Museum Danbury, Connecticut

Railroad Museum of New England Thomaston, Connecticut

Shore Line Trolley Museum East Haven, Connecticut

 

Delaware

 

Florida

Florida Railroad Museum Parrish, Florida

Gold Coast Railroad Museum Miami, Florida

Railroad Museum of South Florida Fort Myers, Florida

West Florida Railroad Museum Milton, Florida

 

Hawaii

Hawaiian Railway Society Ewa, Hawaii

 

Idaho

 

Southern Pacific No. 975 at the Illinois Railway Museum in 2022.

(Znns, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

 

Illinois

Fox River Trolley Museum South Elgin, Illinois

Galesburg Railroad Museum Galesburg, Illinois

Illinois Railway Museum Union, Illinois

Monticello Railway Museum Monticello, Illinois

 

Indiana

Hesston Steam Museum Hesston, Indiana

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum North Judson, Indiana

Indiana Transportation Museum Noblesville, Indiana

National New York Central Railroad Museum Elkhart, Indiana

 

Kansas

Great Plains Transportation Museum Wichita, Kansas

 

Kentucky

Bluegrass Railroad and Museum Versailles, Kentucky

Elkhorn City Railroad Museum Elkhorn, Kentucky

Historic Railpark and Train Museum Bowling Green, Kentucky

Kentucky Railway Museum New Haven, Kentucky

Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation Irvine, Kentucky

Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati Covington, Kentucky

 

Louisiana

 

Maryland

Baltimore Streetcar Museum Baltimore, Maryland

B&O Railroad Museum Baltimore, Maryland

Ellicott City B&O Station & Museum Ellicott City, Maryland

Irish Railroad Workers Museum Baltimore, Maryland

National Capital Trolley Museum Colesville, Maryland

Oakland B&O Railroad Museum Oakland, Maryland

Queponco Railway Station Newark, Maryland

La Plata Train Station Museum La Plata, Maryland

 

Massachusetts

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum Lenox, Massachusetts

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

 

Michigan

Alden Depot Museum Alden, Michigan

Boston-Saranac Historical Society Saranac, Michigan

Buckley Old Engine Show Buckley, Michigan

Capac Depot Museum Capac, Michigan

Clinton Northern Railway Museum St. Johns, Michigan

Crawford County Historical Museum Grayling, Michigan

Durand Union Station Durand, Michigan

Flushing Area Museum Flushing, Michigan

Henry Ford Museum Dearborn, Michigan

Huckleberry Railroad Flint, Michigan

Imlay City Museum Imlay City, Michigan

Lincoln Depot Museum Lincoln, Michigan

Lost Railway Museum Grass Lake, Michigan

Michigan Transit Museum Mt. Clemens, Michigan

Montcalm Community College Heritage Village Sidney, Michigan

New Buffalo Railroad Museum New Buffalo, Michigan

S.S. City of Milwaukee Museum Manistee, Michigan

Saginaw Railway Museum Saginaw, Michigan

Saline Area Historical Society Saline, Michigan

Sanford Historical Museum Sanford, Michigan

Shepherd Depot Museum Shepherd, Michigan

Southern Michigan Railroad Society Clinton, Michigan

Sparta Depot Museum Sparta, Michigan

St. Charles Area Museum St. Charles, Michigan

Standish Depot Museum Standish, Michigan

Steam Railroading Institute Owosso, Michigan

Thomas Edison Depot Museum Port Huron, Michigan

Vicksburg Historic Village Vicksburg, Michigan

Waterford Historical Society Waterford Twp, Michigan

Williamston Depot Museum Williamston, Michigan

Witches Hat Depot Museum South Lyon, Michigan

 

Minnesota

Lake Superior Railroad Museum Duluth, Minnesota

Minnesota Streetcar Museum Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota Transportation Museum Saint Paul, Minnesota

 

Mississippi

 

Burlington General Pershing Zephyr next to Frisco 2-10-0 No. 1621 at the National Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, MO.

(Nate Beal, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

 

Missouri

National Museum of Transportation St. Louis, Missouri

 

Montana

Livingston Depot Livingston, Montana

 

Nebraska

 

Nevada

East Ely Railroad Depot Museum Ely, Nevada

Nevada Northern Railway Museum Ely, Nevada

Nevada State Railroad Museum Boulder City, Nevada

Nevada State Railroad Museum Carson City, Nevada

 

New Hampshire

 

New Jersey

Black River & Western Railroad Ringoes, New Jersey

Delaware River Railroad Excursions Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Friar Mountain Model Railroad Museum Sparta, New Jersey

Maywood Station Museum Maywood, New Jersey

New Jersey Museum of Transportation Wall, New Jersey

North Pemberton Railroad Station Museum Pemberton, New Jersey

Northlandz Flemington, New Jersey

Whippany Railway Museum Whippany, New Jersey

 

New Mexico

 

New York

Medina Railroad Museum Medina, New York

New York Museum of Transportation Rush, New York

New York Transit Museum New York City, New York

Railroad Museum of Long Island Long Island, New York

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Rush, New York

Trolley Museum of New York Kingston, New York

 

North Carolina

North Carolina Railroad Museum Bonsal, North Carolina

North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer, North Carolina

Wilmington Railroad Museum Wilmington, North Carolina

 

North Dakota

North Dakota State Railroad Museum Mandan, North Dakota

 

Ohio

Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum Conneaut, Ohio

Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum Bellevue, Ohio

Ohio Railway Museum Worthington, Ohio

 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Railway Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Railroad Museum of Oklahoma Enid, Oklahoma

 

Oregon

Mount Hood Railroad Hood River, Oregon

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Garibaldi, Oregon

Oregon Electric Railway Museum Brooks, Oregon

Oregon Rail Heritage Center Portland, Oregon

 

Pennsylvania Power and Light Company Fireless D No. 4094 at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, east of Strasburg, PA.

(Photo by and (c)2016 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man), CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

 

Pennsylvania

Colebrookdale Railroad Boyertown, Pennsylvania

Electric City Trolley Museum Scranton, Pennsylvania

Franklin Institute Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

National Toy Train Museum Strasburg, Pennsylvania

New Hope Railroad New Hope, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Washington, Pennsylvania

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Railroaders Memorial Museum Altoona, Pennsylvania

Reading Railroad Heritage Museum Hamburg, Pennsylvania

Rockhill Trolley Museum Rockhill, Pennsylvania

Steamtown National Historic Site Scranton, Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

 

Rhode Island

 

South Carolina

 

South Dakota

South Dakota State Railroad Museum Hill City, South Dakota

 

Tennessee

Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum Memphis, Tennessee

Tennessee Central Railway Museum Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Texas

Cleburne Railroad Museum Cleburne, Texas

Galveston Railroad Museum Galveston, Texas

Interurban Railway Museum Plano, Texas

Museum of the American Railroad Frisco, Texas

Railway Museum of San Angelo San Angelo, Texas

Rosenberg Railroad Museum Rosenberg, Texas

Texas State Railroad Palestine, Texas

Texas Transportation Museum San Antonio, Texas

Wichita Falls Railroad Museum Wichita Falls, Texas

 

Vermont

 

Virginia

Rappahannock Railroad Museum Fredericksburg, Virginia

Richmond Railroad Museum Richmond, Virginia

Virginia Museum of Transportation Roanoke, Virginia

Lee Hall Depot Newport News, Virginia

Boyce Railway Depot Boyce, Virginia

C&O Railway Heritage Center Clifton Forge, Virginia

Crewe Railroad Museum Crewe, Virginia

Suffolk Seaboard Station Railway Museum Suffolk, Virginia

Railroad Museum of Virginia Portsmouth, Virginia

RF&P Park Glen Allen, Virginia

Herndon Depot Herndon, Virginia

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum Fairfax Station, Virginia

Museum of Culpeper History Culpeper, Virginia

Ashland Depot Ashland, Virginia

Norge Depot Norge, Virginia

Eastern Shore Railway Museum Parksley, Virginia

Montpelier Depot Montpelier Station, Virginia

Tazewell Train Station and Visitors Center Tazewell, Virginia

Strasburg Museum Strasburg, Virginia

Rural Retreat Depot Rural Retreat, Virginia

 

Washington

Inland Northwest Rail Museum Reardan, Washington

Northern Pacific Railway Museum Toppenish, Washington

Northwest Railway Museum Snoqualmie, Washington

Yakima Electric Railway Museum Yakima, Washington

 

West Virginia

Martinsburg Roundhouse Martinsburg, West Virginia

Harper's Ferry Toy Train Museum Harper's Ferry, West Virginia

West Virginia Railroad Museum Elkins, West Virginia

Rowlesburg Depot Rowlesburg, West Virginia

Tunnelton Depot Tunnelton, West Virginia

Mon Valley Railroad Historical Society Morgantown, West Virginia

Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum Wheeling, West Virginia

Huntington Railroad Museum Huntington, West Virginia

 

Wisconsin

East Troy Electric Railroad Museum East Troy, Wisconsin

Mid-Continent Railway Museum North Freedom, Wisconsin

National Railroad Museum Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin

Riverside and Great Northern Railway Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Western Union Junction Railroad Museum Sturtevant, Wisconsin

 

Wyoming

Wyoming Transportation Museum Cheyenne, Wyoming

 

See Also:

Railroad Museums - Canada (Coming soon)

Railroad Museums - Mexico (Coming soon)

Heritage Railroads

 

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