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Historic RailPark and Train Museum

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Address: 401 Kentucky St, Ste B, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1260
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Located on a major north-south corridor between two major cities, Bowling...

Located on a major north-south corridor between two major cities, Bowling Green has a long history tied to the evolution of transportation in Kentucky; from steamboats traveling the Barren River to the railroad and eventually the current interstate systems. The current L&N Depot was built in 1925 to replace an older station. At one time, over 20 trains per day departed the current site, providing a hub for Bowling Green’s economic foundation and exposure to travelers between Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN.

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i like trains so this was a real treat for me as i just visited the museum where the civil war steam engine the general is located. the oldest pullman here is 1911, but they have... read more

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conroe
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67 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

i like trains so this was a real treat for me as i just visited the museum where the civil war steam engine the general is located. the oldest pullman here is 1911, but they have a mail, diner, and a sleeper car also the presidents car you take a tour though the cars with a tour guide who is... More 

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Gainesville, FL
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on a road-trip from IL>FL with a 6 year old, 4 year old and 20 month old. The museum consists of a gift shop with some play train tables and a couple trains that kids can climb into. There is a super cool two level model train which enthralled the kids for a while. The rest of... More 

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Jamie J, General Manager at Historic RailPark and Train Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. We are so glad that you chose to stop at our museum during your trip. More 

Prestonsburg, Kentucky
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131 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A historic station and a guided tour of the railroad cars, that is fantastic to see if you like trains and historic buildings. Very well kept facility. Clean and spotless with great displays. The tour through pre-Amtrak passenger cars is a must! Our tour guide, Bob, was great!

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Jamie J, General Manager at Historic RailPark and Train Museum, responded to this review

So glad to read that you enjoyed your visit to our museum. And yes, Bob is great! He has been volunteering with us for several years now. More 

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is free for military and discounted for students. The museum doesn't offer too much, but the tour of the train cars (about 45 minutes) is very interesting and informative. Our guide, Jake, really gave us an insight as to what it was like to travel by train decades ago and it really makes you think about how far... More 

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Jamie J, General Manager at Historic RailPark and Train Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit with and for your kind words in the review. Jake is a great tour guide and has volunteering with us for many years. More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not normally a big railway buff but I really enjoyed my visit. The museum is largely (entirely?) run by volunteers and it clearly a labor of love. The visit comes in two parts: the museum itself and a guided tour of a train outside. Both are worthwhile. My guide on the train tour was friendly and informative--the guy knows... More 

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Jamie J, General Manager at Historic RailPark and Train Museum, responded to this review

Yes we are largely run by volunteers. Nearly all of our tour guides are volunteers and they certainly do love this place! Thank you for stopping by to visit with us and writing a review. More 

Oviedo, Florida
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my car club here for a somewhat rainy day. Although a bit rushed on the rail car tour by the Docent due to a special function that evening. A great piece of Bowling Green history.

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Jamie J, General Manager at Historic RailPark and Train Museum, responded to this review

Yes, we are great facility to visit on a rainy day. The guided tour on the cars is perfect for any weather. We often get the question about the cars having heating and air conditioning. Yes, they sure do! Thank you for visiting with your car club and for taking the time to write a review. More 

Toledo, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

I took my daughter here a while ago. It was nice. She enjoyed it and just liked seeing the old train and stuff inside the building. I enjoyed the history that it has here and spending time with my daughter while doing so.

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Jamie J, General Manager at Historic RailPark and Train Museum, responded to this review

Time with family is always fun. Thank you for choosing to spend time with your daughter here at our museum and for taking the time to write a review. More 

Henderson, North Carolina
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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

My husband loves trains and we both loved this museum. There is a really detailed model train exhibit and fortunately someone was on hand to point out cute items we might have missed on our own. The tour is through actual old train cars rather than just walking by items behind glass, although there are some of those types of... More 

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Jamie J, General Manager at Historic RailPark and Train Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, we have so many volunteers that play a very important role in keeping our facility going. It's wonderful to read about how much you enjoyed our museum. More 

Pearl, IL, United States
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This was a very interesting tour. A lot of information about a relatively small railway in the early days of Kentucky and Tennessee. Included a complete tour of the train including dining car and kitchen and how the meals were prepared daily. There was a very, very good operating model train setup with 100s of feet of track and multiple... More 

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Jamie J, Executive Director at Historic RailPark and Train Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our museum and for taking the time to write a review. It's always great to have visitors that appreciate our displays! More 

Valparaiso, Indiana
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82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

For some of us who rode trains decades ago as a means of transportation (rather than vacationing by train), this museum provides a nice window into the L & N operation years back. For me, it was particularly nostalgic, as I regularly rode the Pan American and Hummingbird trains. The collection itself is a bit distinctive if not deteriorating, and... More 

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Jamie J, Executive Director at Historic RailPark and Train Museum, responded to this review

So glad to read that you have a real connection to the railroad and you enjoyed our museum. Thank you for taking the time to visit and to write a review. More 

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