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Address: 530 South Whittaker Street, New Buffalo, MI 49117
Phone Number: +1 269-469-8010
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The New Buffalo Railroad Museum, “The Little Museum That Could”, is housed...

The New Buffalo Railroad Museum, “The Little Museum That Could”, is housed in a Pere Marquette Depot replica on the historic rail yards of New Buffalo, Michigan. 3 stalls of the original 16-stall roundhouse and coal tower can be viewed. Displays include furnishings and items from the original depot and Pere Marquette and Pullman artifacts. Rail yard crew photos and equipment including lanterns are also shown. A HO scale, hand-crafted model train layout replicates a historic picture of the city in the early 1900’s. Visitors can stroll thru a restored World War II Pullman Troop Sleeper Car and a C&O Chessie Blue Box Car. Interactive children’s activities are available for different age groups. Visitors can chose to join a free guided tour or discover the museum individually. No admission, but donations are accepted.

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Interesting Memorabilia

This is a nice museum that has some great old railroad memorabilia, along with two fullsize cars you can tour. One which is especially interesting is a WW2 troop carrier. There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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LaPorte, Indiana
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LaPorte, Indiana
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159 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This is a nice museum that has some great old railroad memorabilia, along with two fullsize cars you can tour. One which is especially interesting is a WW2 troop carrier. There also is a nice HO layout you can see.

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Thank Bill Y
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a very quick trip, but if you have little ones that like trains, it will make them happy. The military cars are very hot if you are there in the dead of summer-

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Thank Kasbrneyedgirl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

Our 3 year old loved the museum! It is small but has a lot to see. He enjoyed watching the trains. This is a good place to check out if you have a little train lover in your life!

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Thank Julie F
Indianapolis IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We took the kids who are 5 and 3. They have a small museum with lots crammed into it so you have to watch little hands. But we all enjoyed looking through the train cars. There's some cool WW2 stuff in there as well. Definitely worth a stop.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I liked the different types of trains to choose from when you ride on them . But if you do not go on family day which is one choosen day that they decide when that's going to be so call ahead. It is crazy expensive to ride all of the trains. then theirs a train store and that's about it... More 

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Demotte, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Great hostess, very informed and pleasant... interesting collection of historical items and electric train replica display. Lots of brochures in the visitors center of things to do in the area as well.

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Cool place. The museum has an operating train layout (ho guage) and has two train cars of US Military and C&O heritage. The former roundhouse (now a gym) is behind the museum and a CSX line passes by the museum.

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1 Thank CaseyJones6325
Portage, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

Train lovers would enjoy the history. My boys (ages 10 and 6) were entertained.

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3 Thank jenwitmay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2009

My 5 yr. old son loves this place. We have been taking him since he was 3. However, don't be mislead by the word Museum and expect it to be large. It's in a med. size single room.The trains run on a track protected by glass. There are benches to stand on for the little ones and they can be... More 

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