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The railroads of the United States have preserved steam locomotives and rolling stock from the beginning, including equipment from the 1850s (plus replicas of earlier equipment). Many towns have begun to realize that their railroad heritage is about the only thing to attract tourists (and tourist dollars), so new railroad museums continue to be established, often on the basis of one caboose or passenger car or the local train station.


L i n k s

Association of Tourist Railroads & Railway Museums [est. 1961]          Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc. [est. 1921]          National Railway Historical Society [est. 1935]
list of railroad museums & tourist lines at Wikipedia
Rail Museums listing for North America

National Railroad Museums


Museum of The American Railroad [est. 1963, name change 2006]
Museum of The American Railroad [est. 1963] is moving to Frisco, Texas
Began as exhibit at the Texas State Fair in 1963; founded as the Age of Steam Railroad Museum in 1986; name changed 2006;
shut down exhibit November 2011; moving to Frisco, Texas as-of 2014
official website • entry at Wikipedia

Outdoor displays feature 1941 ALCO simple articulated U.P.R.R. 4-8-8-4 'Big Boy' #4018, 1940 Pennsylvania RR GG-1 class electric locomotive #4903, and newly-acquired N.T.T.C. #332 electric interurban car; full collection includes 4 steam locomotives, 8 diesel locomotives, 1 electric locomotive, 1 narrow-gauge gas-mechanical locomotive, 17 passenger cars, 5 freight cars, 3 cabeese, other equipment.


U.S. National Railroad Hall of Fame [est. 2003] in Galesburg, Illinois
U.S. National Railroad Hall of Fame [est. 2003] is based in Galesburg, Illinois
official website • entry at Wikipedia


U.S. National Railroad Museum [est. 1956] in Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
U.S. National Railroad Museum [est. 1956] in Green Bay, Wisconsin
official website • entry at Wikipedia
Special exhibits include British A-4 Class steam locomotive #60008 'Dwight D. Eisenhower' with Ike's WWII London & North Eastern Railroad command cars #1591 & #1592; restored Pullman 1920s 10-1-2 sleeper car 'Lake Mitchell' (as Pullman Porters exhibit); 1941 ALCO simple articulated U.P.R.R. 4-8-8-4 'Big Boy' #4017; Pennsylvania RR GG-1 electric locomotive #4890; General Motors/E.M.D. 'Aerotrain' streamlined trainset #2  click here for photograph of Aerotrain #2 (in a new window); and 1949 "Merci Train" 40 et 8 car from France — in all, their equipment includes ten steam locomotives, 13 diesel locomotives, the Aerotrain, the PRR GG-1 electric locomotive, 18 passenger cars, 14 freight cars, 6 cabeese, and 10 miscellaneous railroad cars




North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville, Alabama
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, south of Birmingham, Alabama
Nevada County Depot [built 1911] & Museum [est. 1978] in Prescott, Arkansas
Wilmington & Western Railroad [est. 1966] operating RR museum in Wilmington, Delaware
roster includes 3 steam locomotives, 2 diesels, 1929 doodlebug, 7 passenger cars (in service), 3 cabeese, other railcars
Union Pacific Railroad Museum [opened 2003] in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Midwest Central Railroad [est. 1960] in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Kentucky Railway Museum [est. 1954] in New Haven, KY
Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum [est. 1976] near Versailles, KY
Louisiana Steam Train Association [est. 1997]
Amherst [MA] Railway Society
Iron Horse Central Railroad Museum [est. 1963] in Chisago City, MN {NE of MSP}
Lake Superior Railroad Museum [], 506 W. Michigan Street in Duluth, MN
The McComb Mississippi Railroad Museum [built 1901; est. 2003]
Water Valley [MS] Casey Jones Railroad Museum [est. 1985]
Frisco Railroad Museum in Springfield, Missouri

Fostoria, Ohio Rail Park & Museum []
EnterTRAINment Junction [open 2008] 7379 Squire Court in West Chester, Ohio {near Cincinnati}
includes 5,000-sqft railroad museum, gigantic indoor G-scale layout, cafe & gift shop & hobby shop

Yukon, Oklahoma Railroad Museum
South Carolina Railroad Museum [est. 1973] near Columbia, SC

museums by state {below}:
AZ • CA • CO • CT • FL • GA • IL • IN • ME • MD • MO • NV • NM •
NY • NC • OR • PA • TN • TX • UT • VA • WA • DC • WI


ARIZONA
G.E. Nordell's Arizona Travel / Railroad Links Pages


Rail Museums listing for Arizona
Phoenix [AZ] Trolley Museum [est. 1975]
Southern Arizona Transportation Museum {at the S.P. Depot} in Downtown Tucson


logo/drumhead for Arizona Railway Museum [est. 1983] in Chandler, Arizona
GOLD STAR: closed in Summer, open September to May  Arizona Railway Museum [est. 1983], 330 E. Ryan Road in Chandler, Arizona
1905 H.K. Porter 18"-gauge Homestake Mining Co. 0-4-0CA locomotive #5 at Arizona Railway Museum
1906 Baldwin Southern Pacific RR 2-8-0 steam locomotive #2562 at Arizona Railway Museum
rusty 1937 Fairmont Model S2-D speeder (ex-Verde Tunnel & Smelter
Plymouth 1943 U.S. Army gas-powered 4-wheel 'dinkey' (ex-M. Lummus & Co.) needs repairs
1943 U.S. Army 25-ton railroad crane #C-45
Baldwin 1950 Baldwin Magma Railroad DRS C+C diesel switcher #10 is just operational
1950 Chicago & Northwestern E-8 diesel-electric locomotive #97
Marmon Transmotive Model 9000 Switchmaster diesel-powered 'car mover' is operative
P.C.C. street car #4607 (ex-Toronto, ex-Phoenix)
Milwaukee speeder & flatcar
Pullman 1879? Southern Railway platform office car #101 (sold in 1982 & renamed 'Desert Valley'; donated in 1995)
Pullman 1910 wood-steel AT&SF coach #580 (rebuilt 1917 & 1938; donated in 1997)
Pullman 1927 52-foot AT&SF superintendent's car #405 {donated in 2008}
Budd 1937 AT&SF 52-seat coach #3079 'Diablo Canyon' (Amtrak certified, donated in 2005)
SLCC 1937 Southern Pacific 3-door horse car #7241 (converted 1951, SPMW #5984 1966-94, donated 1995)
Pullman 1938 AT&SF lounge-observation car #1853 'Denehotso' (acquired 1995)
Pullman 1939 4-4-2 drawing room car 'Imperial Manor' (ex-New York Central, ex-Illinois Central, sold to Arizona Rail Car in 1980; stored at museum)
Budd 1946 AT&SF coach-lounge car #3166 'Regal Phoenix' (Amtrak #5236 1971-77; acquired 1996)
Pullman 1947 AT&SF 44-seat coach #2870 (Amtrak #4484 1971-76; donated in 1990)
Pullman 1947 AT&SF observation car 'Vista Canyon' (sold 1994; donated 2001)
Pullman 1948 Frisco RR 14-4 sleeper car #6769 'Eugene Field' {donated in 2010}
A.C.F. 1949 Union Pacific diner car #4815 (U.P. to 1971, Alaska RR to 2001)
Budd 1949 private car 'Adiel Morris' (orig Seaboard coach #42 'West Palm Beach'; SCL #6627; Amtrak #2704; sold 1990)
Pullman-Standard 1950 AT&SF bar-lounge dome car 'Plaza Taos'
Budd 1950 solarium observation car 'Silver Star' (ex-Union Pacific 10-6 sleeper car; recently rebuilt as private car; stored at museum since 6/2013)
1944 shop-built TC&GB woodside caboose #1 served the Phelps Dodge copper mine in Ajo, Arizona (donated in 2006) { color video [15:09] }


logo for Sahuaro Central Railroad Heritage Preservation Society [est. 1989] of Arizona
Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park [est. 1989] in Glendale (north of Phoenix), Arizona
The Sahuaro Central Railroad Heritage Preservation Society was founded in 1989 and signed a no-fee 25-year lease with Maricopa County Parks & Recreation (renewable for another
25 years). The original 80 acres at the Adobe Dam Recreation Park has expanded to 160 acres; the museum is closed for the summer (too hot!) and is open to the public from mid-September to mid-May. Co-tenants include Arizona Model Railroading Society [est.1984, moved in 1996] which operates N-scale and HO-scale indoor layouts and a G-scale outdoor/garden layout,
and Maricopa Live Steamers [moved in 1996], which has installed approximately 14 miles of 7½-inch gauge model railroad track.
official website • no entry at Wikipedia

CALIFORNIA
G.E. Nordell's California Railroad Links Pages
Carson & Colorado / Nevada & California / Southern Pacific Narrow-Gauge Railroads [1880-1960] Page
Nevada County Narrow Guage Railroad [1876-1942] Page
Sierra Railway in California [est. 1897] Page


Rail Museums listing for California

Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture [est. 2007] just south of Weed, California

Folsom Railroad Museum [est. 1998], 198 Wool Street in Folsom, California

Great Western Railroad Museum & Excursion Train [1982-c1990] in McCloud, California

Lomita [CA] Railroad Museum [est. 1966]

Los Angeles [CA] Museum of Railroading

Market Street Railway preservation group in San Francisco, California

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in La Mesa & Campo, California

'Roots of Motive Power' Railroad History Museum in Willits, California

San Francisco [CA] Cable Car Museum [est. 1974]

San Francisco [CA] Railway Museum [est. 2006]

San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum [est. 2000]
INFO: open every Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm  San Luis Obispo [CA] Railroad Museum [est. 2000] at the S.P.R.R. Freighthouse [built 1894, restored 2014]

Santa Maria Valley [CA] Railway Historical Museum

South Coast Railroad Museum [est. 1983; renamed 1991] in Goleta, California

Western American Railroad Museum in Barstow, California

Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, California


b&w logo for the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento, California
California State Railroad Museum [est. 1976, opened 1981] in Old Sacramento, California
official website • entry at Wikipedia
California State Railroad Museum Foundation [est. 1981]
Sacramento Southern Railroad [est. 1984]

Fewer than 30 full-size steam locomotives built prior to 1880 exist in the United States; C.S.R.M. has seven of them.
The roster includes 21? steam locomotives and 19 first & second-generation internal combustion locomotives.
http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/668/files/csrm_roster_january_2007.pdf
Norris 1862 4-4-0 Central Pacific RR steam locomotive #1 'Gov. Stanford' - cosmetically restored, on indoor display
Cooke 1863 4-2-4T Central Pacific #3 / Southern Pacific steam locomotive #1 'C.P. Huntington' - cosmetically restored, on indoor display
Baldwin 1873 4-4-0 Virginia & Truckee steam locomotive #12 'Genoa' - fully restored and on indoor display
Baldwin 1873 2-6-0 Virginia & Truckee steam locomotive #13 'Empire' - cosmetically restored, on indoor display
Baldwin 1875 narrow-gauge 4-4-0 North Pacific Coast steam locomotive #12 'Sonoma' - cosmetically restored, on indoor display
Baldwin 1875 2-4-0 Virginia & Truckee steam switcher #21 'J.W. Bowker' - cosmetically restored, on outdoor display at Central Pacific Passenger Depot
Baldwin 1879 narrow-gauge 2-6-0 Nevada Short Line steam locomotive #1 on static display
shops-built 1882 2-6-2T Central Pacific steam locomotive #233 is awaiting restoration
ALCO 1908 4-6-0 Northwestern Pacific steam locomotive #112 in storage
Lima 1920 0-6-0 Union Pacific steam locomotive #4466 - operated at the museum until 2001
Baldwin 1921 4-6-2 Southern Pacific steam locomotive #2467 on loan from P.L.A. pending boiler work
Porter 1942 0-6-0T Granite Rock steam locomotive #10 - operating as C.R.S.M. excursion train at Old Sacramento, California
Baldwin 1944 4-8-4 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe steam locomotive #2925 in storage
Baldwin 1944 2-10-4 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe steam locomotive #5021 in storage
Baldwin 1944 4-8-8-2 Southern Pacific RR cab-forward articulated steam locomotive #4294 - cosmetically restored, on indoor display

E.M.D. 1939 SW-1 Sacramento Northern diesel-electric switcher #402 is operational
E.M.D. 1939 SW-1 Southern Pacific diesel-electric switcher #1000 is stored awaiting restoration
Baldwin 1948 class DS44-1000 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe diesel-electric locomotive #2260 is in storage
Baldwin 1949 class DRS66-1500 Southern Pacific diesel-electric locomotive #5208 is operational
E.M.D. 1949 F-7 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe diesel-electric locomotive #347C painted in Warbonnet color scheme is operational
E.M.D. 1950 F-7 Western Pacific diesel-electric locomotive #913 is operational
Fairbanks-Morse 1951 class H-12-44 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe diesel-electric locomotive #608 is in storage
E.M.D. 1952 F-7 Southern Pacific diesel-electric locomotive #6402 is in storage
E.M.D. 1954 E-9 Southern Pacific diesel-electric locomotive #6051 is operational
ALCO 1959 class RSD-15 'Alligator' Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe diesel-electric locomotive #9820 is in storage
E.M.D. 1972 SD-45T-2 Southern Pacific diesel-electric locomotive #6819 is operational
E.M.D. 1979 F-40PH Southern Pacific diesel-electric locomotive #6051 painted in Daylight color scheme (ex-Amtrak 281) is operational

a listing of rolling stock & other equipment will be added here


50th anniversary logo/herald for the Pacific Locomotive Association [est. 1961] of Fremont, CA         herald of Niles Canyon Railway [est. 1987] in Fremont, California         herald of Golden Gate Railroad Museum [est. 1975] is now in Fremont, California
Pacific Locomotive Association [est. 1961] in Fremont, California
same website as Niles Canyon Railway • entry at Wikipedia
Niles Canyon Railway [est. 1987] heritage/tourist railroad is operated by P.L.A.
official website • entry at Wikipedia
Golden Gate Railroad Museum [est. 1975] moved in as tenant/partner in 2007
official website • entry at Wikipedia

The Pacific Locomotive Assn. was founded in 1961; the Niles Canyon Railway heritage/tourist railroad was founded in 1987]; the Golden Gate Railroad Museum [est. 1975] moved from San Francisco in 2007. The N.C.R. operates on 9.2 miles of track, not counting the huge restoration and storage yard at Brightside, California. The P.L.A. collection includes 8 steam locomotives, 13 diesel & gas locomotives, 2 gas-powered motorcars, 27 passenger cars, 10 cabeese, and 44 freight & work cars; the G.G.R.M. collection includes 1 steam locomotive, 3 diesel locomotives, and 6 passenger cars.
unique 1964 Krauss-Maffei ML-4000 class diesel-hydraulic locomotive (acquired from C.S.R.M. in 2008)


older logo for the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California           newer logo for the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California
Orange Empire Railway Museum [est. 1956] in Perris, California
official website • entry at Wikipedia
Grizzly Flats Railroad [est. 1938]: official website • O.E.R.M. webpages

further details of locomotives, rolling stock, and other equipment will be added here


Western Railway Museum [est. 1946, renamed circa 1980] in Solano County, California - on Highway 12 between Suisun City and Rio Vista
Western Railway Museum [est. 1946, renamed circa 1980] in Solano County, California
official website • entry at Wikipedia

Peninsular Rwy interurban car #52 is operational
Peninsular Rwy interurban car #61 is awaiting restoration
Petaluma & Santa Rosa interurban car #63 is operational
San Francisco & Napa Valley interurban car #63 is awaiting restoration
Cedar Rapids & Iowa City interurban car #111 is operational
Key System interurban car #182 is awaiting traction motor repairs
Key System interurban car #186 is in storage
Key System interurban car #187 is operational
Tidewater Southern interurban car #200 is awaiting restoration
Salt Lake Garfield & Western interurban car #306 is partly restored
Bamberger interurban car #400 is awaiting restoration
Richmond Shipyard Rwy interurban car #561 is operational
Richmond Shipyard Rwy interurban car #563 is cosmetically restored
Interurban Electric Rwy interurban car #600 is awaiting restoration
Salt Lake & Utah interurban car #751 is operational
Sacramento Northern interurban car #1005 is recently restored & operational
San Diego Trolley interurban car #1018 is operational
San Francisco-Sacramento interurban car #1019 (ex-Sacramento Northern #1019) is awaiting restoration
Oakland Antioch & Eastern interurban car #1020 is operational (restored as trailer)
Portland Traction Co. interurban car #4001 is being restored
Sacramento Electric Gas & Railway streetcar #14 is awaiting restoration
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. streetcar #46 is awaiting restoration
Stockton Electric streetcar #52 is awaiting restoration
Sacramento Northern streetcar #62 is out of service
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. streetcar #63 is awaiting restoration
San Francisco Municipal Rwy streetcar #178 is operational
Blackpool Transit streetcar #226 awaits repair of traction motor
East Bay Street Railways streetcar #352 is operational
Key System streetcar #271 needs electric & brake work
Melbourne & Metropolitan tram #648 is operational
Key System streetcar #987 awaits repair of traction motor
San Francisco Municipal Rwy streetcar #1003 is operational
San Francisco Municipal Rwy streetcar #1016 is operational
San Francisco Municipal Rwy streetcar #1153 is awaiting restoration
San Francisco Municipal Rwy streetcar #1258 is operational
Great Northern caboose #X344 is partly restored
Sacramento Northern Rwy caboose #1632 is being restored
Central California Traction Co. electric box motor locomotive #7 is operational
Sacramento Northern 44-ton diesel locomotive #146 is being restored
Kennecott Copper Corp. electric steeple cab locomotive #407 is on display
Visalia Electric 44-ton diesel locomotive #502 is operational
Sacramento Northern electric box motor locomotive #602 is awaiting restoration
Sacramento Northern electric steeple cab locomotive #652 is cosmetically restored
Sacramento Northern electric steeple cab locomotive #654 is operational
Kennecott Copper Corp. electric steeple cab locomotive #700 is on display
Kennecott Copper Corp. battery-operated steeple cab locomotive #771 is in storage
Key System electric steeple cab locomotive #1001 is operational
Salt Lake Garfield & Western 44-ton diesel locomotive is awaiting restoration
ALCO 1909 Western Pacific RR 4-6-0 steam locomotive #94 is stored serviceable
ALCO 1929 Western Pacific RR MK-71 class 2-8-2 steam locomotive #334 is in storage


Laws, California Railroad Museum [elev. 4,117]   
Laws Railroad Museum & Historic Site [est. 1964] near Bishop, California
museum official website • town entry at Wikipedia
original 1883 structures include the Laws Depot (houses the museum), the agent's house,
the A-frame 'armstrong' turntable, and the wooden water tank
the circa-1914 ranch house was moved to the museum in the 1970s and then restored

1909 narrow-gauge S.P. locomotive #9 and several railroad cars are on static outdoor display
narrow-gauge diesel mine engine 'Old Smokey' from the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine [1918-2001], with first aid car; both restored operational in 2008
Brill 1927 narrow-gauge Death Valley Railroad Co. gas-powered motorcar #5 was restored in 2004 at the Laws Museum
Plymouth narrow-gauge gas-mechanical yard engine #11
1883 V&T-built C&C yellow baggage-caboose #1 on display at the Laws Museum
C&C red wooden box car #7 is on display at the Laws Museum
S.P.N.G. red wooden boxcar #17 is on display at the Laws Museum
S.P.N.G. red wooden box car #132 is on display at the Laws Museum
S.P.N.G. red wooden stock car #168 is on display at the Laws Museum
S.P.N.G. red wooden combine #401 is on display at the Laws Museum

Laws was a station on the Carson & Colorado / Nevada & California / Southern Pacific Narrow-Gauge Railroads from 1883 to 1960.


RailGiants Train Museum at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California
RailGiants Train Museum [est. 1953 by R.L.H.S.] at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona
official website • entry at Wikipedia

Arcadia AT&SF Depot [built 1887, moved 1923, 1969, 1989]
ALCO 1887 Outer Harbor Terminal Railway 0-6-0 switcher locomotive #2
Baldwin 1903 United States Potash Co. outside-frame narrow-gauge 2-8-0 steam locomotive #3
1909 Sunkist Growers 2-truck Climax-geared steam locomotive #3
ALCO 1926 Southern Pacific 4-10-2 steam locomotive #5021
ALCO 1926 Union Pacific 4-12-2 steam locomotive number #9000
Baldwin 1927 AT&SF 4-6-4 Hudson steam locomotive #3450
ALCO 1941 Union Pacific "Big Boy" steam locomotive #4014
G.M. EMD 1969 UP DDA40X Centennial diesel locomotive #6915
Pullman 1923 New York, Chicago & St. Louis ('Nickel Plate') RR business car #6 'William Fletcher'
AC&F 1923 AT&SF wooden cupola caboose #1314
Pullman 1930 AT&SF horse express car #1992
GATC 1950 Union Refrigerator Transit Line ice-cooled refrigerator car #67806
and two 'track motor cars' (MoW speeders?)


Travel Town railroad museum in Griffith Park {Los Angeles, California}
official City website • Foundation


Railtown 1897 State Historic Park [est. 1992] in Jamestown, California

COLORADO
G.E. Nordell's Colorado Travel / Railroads Pages
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad [est. 1970] in New Mexico & Colorado Page
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad [1870-1988] Page


Rail Museums listing for Colorado

Broomfield Depot Museum.

Buena Vista Depot Museum [opened 7/2011]

The Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific Railroad Roundhouse is now used by the Colorado Springs Interurban RR Museum. The museum owns 18 streetcars, two DTC electric trolley buses, two DTC Mack-built buses, a 70-foot Southern Pacific RR baggage car repainted with Rock Island colors, and D&RGW work caboose #01501.

The Denver & Rio Grande RR depot at 17 Main Street now houses the Creede Historic Museum.

1895 Midland Terminal Railway depot now serves as part of the Cripple Creek Museum

‘new’ 15-stall roundhouse built in 1989 {8 stalls are the Durango, Colorado museum}.

Georgetown Loop [est. 1884] Historic Mining & Railroad Park in Colorado

The 1901 Great Western RR depot at Loveland, Colorado is being moved to Granby to house the Moffat Road Railroad Museum []

Greeley Freight Station Museum in Greeley, Colorado

former Union Pacific station in Julesberg, Colorado is now a museum

Ridgway Railroad Museum [est. 1998] in Ouray County, SW Colorado


current logo on red for Colorado Railroad Museum [est. 1959] in Golden, Colorado        original logo for Colorado Railroad Museum - 'on the narrow-gauge'
Colorado Railroad Museum [est. 1959] in Golden, Colorado
great collection of standard- and narrow-gauge locomotives & rolling stock; rides available every Saturday;
museum exhibits & store; outdoor garden & live steam layout, indoor HO-scale layout
official website • entry at Wikipedia
Colorado Railroad Museum's YouTube Channel [est. 5/2010]

1880 Denver, Leadville & Gunnison narrow gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #191
1881 Denver & Rio Grande Western C-28 class standard gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #583/683 - in roundhouse for restoration (2015)
1881 Denver & Rio Grande Western coal-fired narrow gauge C-19 class 2-8-0 locomotive #346 - runs weekly
1890 Manitou & Pikes Peak #1 0-4-0T cog wheel steam locomotive on display in parking lot
1896 Denver & Rio Grande Western C-18 class narrow gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #318 is operative
1898 DB&W, later R.G.S. narrow-gauge 2-8-0 locomotive #30 is owned by the City of Boulder.
1899 Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge 4-6-0 #20 is undergoing restoration in Strasburg, PA {2014}
1902/1928 Denver & Rio Grande Western K-37 class narrow gauge 2-8-2 Mikado locomotive #491
{in storage since 1970, signed over 6/2013, operational 8/2014!}
1920 Union Pacific #4455 0-6-0 switcher operated at the Laramie [WY] Portland Cement plant until 1965
1920 American Oil Company's #1 0-4-0T switcher operated at the Standard Oil/Amoco plant in Casper, Wyoming until 1962
1931 Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge Galloping Goose #2
1934 Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge freight-only Galloping Goose #6
1936 Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge Galloping Goose #7 operates on some weekends
1940 Chicago Burlington & Quincy 4-8-4 locomotive #5629
1940s Golden City & San Juan centercab diesel-electric switcher #4
1957 former Rock Island SW-900 diesel switcher #550, purchased by Coors in 1981, renumbered #C988
1971 Denver & Rio Grande Western F-9 diesels 5771 & 5762
Denver & Rio Grande narrow-gauge four-wheel 35-ton diesel switcher #50
U.S. Gypsum narrow gauge four-wheel diesel switcher 'Pee Wee'

1879? D&RGW narrow-gauge 4-wheel wooden caboose #0578
1880 D&RGW narrow-gauge passenger coach #280 is owned by the City of Boulder.
1881 D&RGW passenger coach #284 is being restored (2015)
1882 D&RG/RGS narrow-gauge postal-business-work car 'Rico' or 'Montezuma'
1887 Colorado Midland RR observation car #111
1887 Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge work crew house car #01789
1895 D&RGW narrow-gauge wooden caboose #04990 is owned by the City of Boulder.
1898 Florence & Cripple Creek narrow-gauge boxcar #588
1899 Colorado & Southern standard-gauge rotary snowplow #99201
1902 Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge wooden work caboose #0404
1902 Denver & Rio Grande narrow-gauge gondola car #1217
1929 Western Fruit Express refrigerator car ACDX #5400 repainted with Coors Beer billboard
1949 Union Pacific streamliner dining car #4801 'Tahoe' purchased in 2013 and in use for meetings & parties.
1969 narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon steel passenger car #280 'Lake Dease' (purchased in 2015)
1976 narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon steel passenger car #286 'Lake Kusawa' (purchased in 2015)
AT&SF streamliner observation-sleeper car 'Navajo'
Chicago Burlington & Quincy business car #96
Chicago Burlington & Quincy wedge snowplow (on a flatcar) #205065
Denver & Rio Grande narrow-gauge four-wheel wooden caboose #49
D&RGW RPO car #60
D&RGW narrow-gauge Railway Express Agency baggage car #168
D&RGW business car B-8 is being restored at the museum's roundhouse.
Denver & Rio Grande narrow-gauge double-deck livestock car #5666
Denver & Rio Grande narrow-gauge flatcar #6209
two Golden City & San Juan passenger cars are being restored at the museum's roundhouse
Great Western Railway combine car #100 is on outdoor display (2004)
R.G.S. bunk car
Uintah Railway combine car #50 is being restored at the museum's roundhouse (2015)
Union Pacific streamliner passenger coach #5442
U.T.L.X. (Union Tank Line) narrow-gauge tank car #11058
kitchen Car #04255
CB&Q wooden caboose #13862 is in use for children's birthday parties.
Burlington/C&S wooden caboose #10606 is on display.
D&SL steel caboose #10060 is on display.
D&RGW wooden caboose #0524 is on display.
D&RGW wooden caboose #0585 is on display.
Rio Grande Southern wooden 4-wheel caboose #0400 is lettered for the Georgetown Loop RR and on display.
D&RGW wood caboose is lettered for the Georgetown Loop RR and on display.


Forney Museum of Transportation [est. 1961] in Denver, Colorado
Forney Museum of Transportation [est. 1961], 4303 Brighton Blvd. in Denver, Colorado
official website • entry at Wikipedia

1897 Porter 0-4-4T Forney steam locomotive (used on urban 'elevated' trains).
1906 Chicago & Northwestern Railway 4-6-0 #444 was sold in 1958 to the Black Hills Central RR, then sold again in 1968 to the Forney Museum.
1906 Denver & Salt Lake Railroad coach 715 is at The Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, Colorado
1930 Henschel 0-4-0T steam locomotive arrived at the Forney Museum in 1962 {parked downstairs}.
1941 Union Pacific RR 4-8-8-4 'Big Boy' articulated steam locomotive #4005 is on display at the Forney Museum.
Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific RR wooden caboose #17658 sits on outdoor display at the Forney Museum.
wooden caboose lettered as Colorado & Southern #10501 is on display inside the Forney Museum.


Pueblo Railway Museum [est. 2003] in Pueblo, Colorado            Pueblo Railway Foundation [est. 2003] in Pueblo, Colorado
Pueblo Railway Foundation & Museum [est. 2003], 201 West B Street in Pueblo, Colorado
Pueblo Locomotive & Rail Historical Society [became P.R.F.M. in 2003]
official P.R.F.M. website • no entry at Wikipedia

1944 AT&SF 4-8-4 Northern steam locomotive #2912 - cosmetic restoration continues at P.R.F.M. based on funding
1951 Colorado & Wyoming GP-7 diesel locomotives #102, #103, #104 - all three are operative
D.O.T. G.E. U30C diesel locomotive #001 - stored, not operable
CF&I G.E. narrow-gauge 25-ton diesel switcher #11 'Dinky' - on loan & being restored for service
G.E. 44-ton center-cab switcher (on loan from Canon City & Royal George Scenic Railway).
single-truck Belgium Trolley #1245 - built for Brussels, Belgium; ex-Cyprus Gardens in Florida; set for use on Riverwalk line
Rohr 'Aιrotrain' rail hovercraft [built 1970]  click here for recent photograph (in a new window)
1910 Colorado & Southern wooden caboose #10538 is on display at the Pueblo Railway Museum.
1946 Amtrak passenger coach #5410 (seats are removed, used for meetings & classes, short jaunts)
1946 Great Northern express mail box car #2649
1951 U.S. Army AH&D-built self-propelled 40-ton diesel crane #C-289 - acquired 1999, in regular use
C&W/CF&I homemade steel caboose #3 is and on display at the Pueblo Railway Museum
Colorado & Western steel caboose #100 is in stationary use as visitor center for the Pueblo Railway Museum.
Missouri Pacific steel caboose #123-4 is on display at the Pueblo Railway Museum
D&RGW steel caboose #01432 is painted yellow & silver and on display at Pueblo Railway Museum
BNSF MOW dining car #951868- converted box car for feeding track crews
BNSF MOW kitchen car #951864 - converted box car
BNSF MOW tool car #951859 - box car with a diesel generator for kitchen & dining cars
ASFX Special Purpose Car used by American Assn. of Steel Manufacturers for inspecting and testing trackwork.


Limon Heritage Museum and Railroad Park in Limon, Colorado
Limon Heritage Museum and Railroad Park, 899 First Street in Limon, Colorado
official museum website • town entry at Wikipedia

yellow passenger cars #660 & #665 from the Cadillac & Lake City excursion train that ran south out of town are on display
blue office-diner car from the Cadillac & Lake City excursion train that ran south out of town are on display
yellow Union Pacific steel cupola caboose #25670 is on display
1890 wooden boxcar contains the museum's saddlemaker exhibit
CMSTP&P speeder #8068 & trailer car is on outdoor display
rusty N&W Pullman passenger car #1093 is parked at Limon, Colorado
Union Pacific MOW wedge snowplow #900016 is parked at Limon, Colorado

CONNECTICUT
Rail Museums listing for Connecticut
Danbury [CT] Railway Museum [built 1903; est. 1994]

Connecticut Trolley Museum [est. 1940] in East Windsor, CT         Shore Line Trolley Museum [est. 1945] in East Haven, CT

FLORIDA
Florida East Coast Railway [est. 1885] Page

Rail Museums listing for Florida
Gold Coast Railroad Museum [est. 1957] in Miami, Florida

GEORGIA
Rail Museums listing for Georgia
Southeast Railroad Museum [est. 1970] in Duluth (Atlanta), Georgia
Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History [est. 1972, expanded 2003] in Kennesaw, Georgia

Georgia State Railroad Museum [est. 1989] in Savannah, Georgia

ILLINOIS
Rail Museums listing for Illinois
Elizabeth [IL] Railroad Museum [est. 1995]
Kankakee [IL] Railroad Museum [est. 1999]
Illinois Railway Museum [est. 1941] in Union, Illinois

Monticello Railway Museum [est. 1966] in Monticello, Illinois

INDIANA
Rail Museums listing for Indiana
The National New York Central Railroad Museum is located in Elkhart, Indiana
Indiana Transportation Museum, north of Indianapolis, Indiana
Whitewater Valley Railroad operating railroad museum [est. 1972], east of Indianapolis, Indiana
GOLD STAR: Home of the Flying Dutchman Scenic Railway; has 2-foot/3-foot gauge track, a 14" gauge railroad, and a mile-long 7½" live steam loop  Hesston Steam Museum [est. 1956] in La Porte County, Indiana

MAINE

MARYLAND
Rail Museums listing for Maryland
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum [est. 1953] in Baltimore, Maryland
The Martin F. O'Rourke Memorial Railroad Library [est. 2007] in the PRR Tower at Old Bowie, Maryland

MISSOURI
Rail Museums listing for Missouri
Aerotrain #1 {as #3} is at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri

NEVADA
G.E. Nordell's Nevada Travel / Railroads Page
Carson & Colorado / Nevada & California / Southern Pacific Narrow-Gauge Railroads [1880-1960] Page
Virginia & Truckee Railroad [1869-1950, rebuilt 1972 & 2006] in Nevada Page


Rail Museums listing for Nevada

Nevada State Railroad Museum [est. 1980] in Carson City, Nevada
Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum - Carson City, Nevada

Nevada State Railroad Museum [est. 1996] in Boulder City, Nevada

NEW  MEXICO
G.E. Nordell's New Mexico Travel / Railroads Page
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad [est. 1970] in New Mexico & Colorado Page


Rail Museums listing for New Mexico
Toy Train Depot [built 1898 in Torrance, NM; moved in 1974] in Alamogordo, New Mexico
Clovis [NM] Depot Model Train Museum

Harvey House Museum [built 1910], 104 No. First Street in Belιn, New Mexico
state webpage for Belιn Harvey House Museum

New Mexico Rail Road & Transportation Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico
Wheels Museum of Transportation [est. 1998] in Barelas District of Albuquerque, New Mexico

NEW  YORK
Rail Museums listing for New York
Oyster Bay, Long Island Railroad Museum

Railroad Museum of Long Island [NY]

NORTH  CAROLINA
Rail Museums listing for North Carolina


North Carolina Transportation Museum
North Carolina Transportation Museum [open 1983], between Winston-Salem & Charlotte
official website • entry at Wikipedia
Friends of The North Carolina Transportation Museum [est. 1977] in Spencer, NC


Hamlet [NC] Historic Depot & Museums
Hamlet Historic Depot [built 1900, moved 2004, in use by Amtrak], 2 W. Main Street in Hamlet, North Carolina
official website • entry at Wikipedia
1839 4-2-0 steam locomotive 'Tornado' (rebuilt 1892, restored 2009) is inside the Tornado Building, 7 W. Main Street in Hamlet, NC


The National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame [est. 1976], 120 Spring Street in Hamlet, North Carolina
no official website • entry at Wikipedia

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA
Rail Museums listing for Pennsylvania

Rockhill Trolley Museum [est. 1960], 430 Meadow Street in Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania
official website • entry at Wikipedia (with roster)

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania         Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Altoona, PA

T.C.A.'s National Toy Train Museum [est. 1977] in Strasburg, PA

TENNESSEE
Rail Museums listing for Tennessee

Casey Jones Home & Museum [est. 1965] in Jackson, Tennessee
L&N Depot & Museum in Etowah, Tennessee
Southern Appalachia Railway Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee


Tennessee Central Railway Museum [est. 1989] in Nashville
Tennessee Central Railway Museum [est. 1989], 220 Willow Street, near Downtown Nashville
T.C.R.M. owns or uses nine E.M.D. diesel locomotives, 25 passenger cars, seven freight/MoW cars, and ten cabeese.
official website • entry at Wikipedia


Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum [est. 1960] near Chattanooga
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum [est. 1960 as R.L.H.S. chapter] near Chattanooga, Tennessee
Land donated in 1969 & 1977 by the Southern Railway included the 986-foot-long Whiteside Tunnel and about 3 miles of abandoned right-of-way;
acquired L&N Hook and Eye branch in 2004. Track mileage unclear.
official website • entry at Wikipedia

Baldwin 1891 Central of Georgia Rwy 4-4-0 steam locomotive #349
ALCO 1904 Southern Railway Ks-1 class 2-8-0 steam locomotive #630 (restored in March 2011)
Baldwin 1911 Southern Railway Ms-1 class 2-8-2 steam locomotive #4501 (restored in 1966 & 2014)
ALCO 1945 U.S. Army/U.S. Air Force RSD-1 diesel locomotive #8669
G.M. EMD 1950 Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis RR GP-7 diesel locomotive #710
G.M. EMD 1950s U.S. Army GP-7 diesel locomotives #1824 & #1829
G.M. EMD 1953 Southern Railway E-8A diesel locomotive #6914 is being restored
G.M. EMD 1962 Southern Railway GP-30 diesel locomotive #2594 (on loan from N.R.H.S. Atlanta Chapter)
Pullman 1917 Baltimore & Ohio RR platform observation private car #98 'Eden Isle'
Pullman 1920 Southern Pacific 8-5 sleeping car 'Clover Colony'
Pullman 1922 Southern Railway passenger coaches #1000 & #1688 Pullman 1924 Southern Railway dining car #3158
Pullman 1925 Central of Georgia RR partitioned 'Jim Crow' passenger coach #906
AC&F 1947 Central of Georgia RR 'Jim Crow' passenger coach (partition removed) #907

TEXAS
Rail Museums listing for Texas


Galveston Railroad Museum [] operated by The Galveston Center for Transportation & Commerce
official website • entry at Wikipedia
1954 Fairbanks Morse 2000hp H20-44 Portland Cement Company diesel switcher #410 - donated in 1984, painted in Union Pacific colors
much other rolling stock, not listed here; still recovering from Hurricane Ike of 2008

Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum [est. 2007] in Brownwood, TX
official website • entry at Wikipedia {empty}
Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Kress Depot
1902 Baldwin AT&SF 2-6-2 steam locomotive #1080
AT&SF business car #408 & AT&SF caboose #999275
next door is the Brownwood, Texas Santa Fe Depot & Fred Harvey House

Railway Museum of San Angelo [est. 1997]
in the Historic Orient/Santa Fe Depot [built 1910], 703 So. Chadbourne Street in San Angelo, Texas
official website • entry at Wikipedia {empty}
GE 44-ton AT&SF diesel #461, GP-9 diesel locomotive painted blue for South Orient RR, AT&SF cupola caboose & AT&SF steel boxcar



logo/badge for Texas Transportation Museum
Texas Transportation Museum [est. 1964] in San Antonio, TX
official website • entry at Wikipedia
displays include historic railroad equipment, firefighting equipment, the state's largest G-scale garden railroad,
an indoor HO-scale railroad layout, automobiles, wagons, buggies & farm equipment

UTAH
G.E. Nordell's Utah Travel / Railroads Page

Rail Museums listing for Utah

Tooele Valley Railroad & Mining Museum [est. 1983], 35 No. Broadway in Tooele City, Utah

VIRGINIA
Rail Museums listing for Virginia

Eastern Shore Railroad Museum [est. 1988] in Parksley, Virginia
Railroad Museum of Virginia [] in Portsmouth, Virginia
Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia



logo/sign for the C&O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge, VA        Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society [est. 1969]
C&O Railway Heritage Center [opened 5/2008], 705 Main Street in Clifton Forge, VA
official website • no entry at Wikipedia
operated by Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society [est. 1969], 312 E. Ridgeway Street in Clifton Forge, VA
replica 1892 passenger station (tickets & gift shop)
restored 1895 freight depot (museum)
restored circa 1900 J.D. Cabin signal tower
replica C&O Standard Section Tool House containing replica hand car, restored velocipede, and historic section gang tools
indoor operating O-scale model railroad
outdoor rideable 7½"-gauge 'Little C&O' live steam railroad
full-scale rolling stock including combine car, dining car, cabooses, locomotives, flat car, box cars, refrigerator car
Lima 1948 C&O J-3a Class 4-8-4 steam locomotive #614 (overhauled 1996; on loan from B&O Museum)
auxilary water tender #614A
C&O GP-7 diesel locomotive #5828 (in operation)
restored 1949 C&O wood red cupola caboose #90219
C&O wood red cupola caboose #90382
restored C&O steel blue/yellow wide-cupola caboose #3168
C&O dining car #965 'Gadsby's Tavern'
C&O coach #658

WASHINGTON  state
Rail Museums listing for Washington

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum [est. 1986] in Chehalis, Washington
Northwest Railway Museum [est. 1957] and Snoqualmie Valley Railroad in Washington


Washington,  DC
http://amhistory.si.edu/onthemove/collection/object_2.html
http://amhistory.si.edu/onthemove/collection/object_15.html


WISCONSIN
the National Railroad Museum in Wisconsin is listed in the 'national museums' section above.

Reading Material

Great Railroad Museums of the USA book by Jan Young  "Great Railroad Museums of The U.S.A.: The Railfan's Guide" [2013]
by Jan Young

Details of the 'sixty-seven largest, most interesting, and most important railroad museums in the country'; special index listing 160+ especially-interesting cars & locomotives (with locations); ninety photographs; and bonus chapters on the six best museum rail rides in the country, and nineteen significant rail preservation sites outside of traditional railroad museums.
LULU.com 9x6 pb [2/2013] for $20.66
LULU.com 'in color' edition 9x6 pb [2/2013] for $66.89


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