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Paducah Railroad Museum

2nd and Washington Street, Paducah, KY
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Ranked #11 of 20 attractions in Paducah
Type: Specialty Museums
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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15 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

If you are interested in railroads at all (skip it if you're not), then you will love this place. I would recommend it for kids ages 8 and up (younger if very well-behaved). Great history of Paducah-area railroads, unique artifacts, a locomotive simulator, and a large train layout: these are only a few of the displays at the museum. Plan... More

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West Palm Beach, FL
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9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

This museum was small, but worth the small price of admission. The simulator alone was a lot of fun! It was really cool to get to "drive" a train in real life situations. The kids loved it!!

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Branson, Missouri
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We stopped in for my son who is 4 years old. He enjoyed the model trains that were running and the thomas train they had that ran but that was it. Everything else is for adult interest. We were told he was too young to drive the train. Like I said if you like trains and the history of them... More

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Batavia, Ohio, United States
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6 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Saw the steam train behind museum train was neat but was in need of maintence people have stolen stuff off of it It needs a paint job would be nice to climb up in it walk threw cars Didn't get to go threw museum cause hrs was only 12-4 on wed -frid would like to have seen it

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