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Paducah Railroad Museum

2nd and Washington Street, Paducah, KY
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Ranked #16 of 20 Attractions in Paducah
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Athens, Georgia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
55 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

that is assembled in no real order w/ little or no explanation of what you are viewing. There is supposed to be a locomotive simulator but the person who runs it decided not to be there that day so it was not open (w/ no reduction in entrance fee however and much grumbling by those who WERE there about his... More

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Atlanta, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

There was little here to justify the $5 admission fee. According to the man at the desk, the simulator operator "got a bug up his butt" and took his toys and went home. There were a few pieces of railroad art that were moderately interesting and a several maintenance/inspection vehicles, but no other rolling stock on display on the museum... More

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Tuscumbia, Alabama
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144 reviews 144 reviews
54 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A so so railroad museum, all the usual stuff. The exciting part of the visit was to be the railroad simulator, where you get to "drive" a freight train in a simulator built by a local guy. Unfortunately, he no longer finds it convenient to commute down to run it, and they won't allow you in by yourself. The museum... More

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Paducah, Kentucky
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

There used to be several model railroaders who could also talk about the history of railroading. However, now there are just two gentlemen who are not always there. Best to find out when someone will be present before going.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

A typical railroad museum with local artifacts of rr's in the area. The hands on locomotive simulator is surprising realistic and well worth the time.

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Enjoyed a couple of hours here and especially liked the railroad simulator which lets you drive a goods train based on an actual cab. The guy that showed us how to drive the train had built it himself and made it such fun. The simulation is so life like. Shame about the deer we ran over!!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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87 reviews 87 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Spent nearly an hour with former train engineer John in the cab of the simulator as he drove us through Indiana. Totally fascinating for the four of us as we learned what a train engineer does and sees. John also showed us some things he is working on for the future.

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127 reviews 127 reviews
18 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

My wife & I were spending the weekend in Paducah/Metropolis and stopped here for a visit. It is not a large place but does have a great collection of train artifacts including photos, maps, signals, lanterns etc. The real highlight is the locomotive simulator where the operator sits in the cab of an engine and actually runs the train....great for... More

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Even if you are not into trains, you should stop in and check it out. A lot of interesting items and a great model train set up. Worth the time.

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Tavares, FL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

For railroad buffs, this museum is NOT to be missed. Their square footage is impressive. The most outstanding feature, besides the displays and models, is the RR simulator. You sit in a recreated cab of the freight locomotive and have full control of speed, horn and braking as you watch a projected real time simulation of going down the tracks.... More

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