Bowling Green, Kentucky may be best known for its Corvette Museum, but there is another museum in town that features an earlier form of innovative transportation - the Historic Railpark and Train Museum. Easily reached from Interstate 65 and blessed with abundant parking and an easily traversed lot (flat), this complex offers something for rail enthusiasts of every age. For the youngsters (and the young at heart) there is a large room given to a scale model of Bowling Green in the early 20th Century, complete with working trains. For the historic-minded, there is a second floor museum with expertly rendered displays for every era of L&N Railroad history from the Civil War through the days of Jim Crow. These rooms are all in the old L&N Depot - itself an architectural delight.
For those who are interested in seeing an actual train and learning about its mechanics and daily operations, there are several rail cars on the siding out back, some of which are completely restored and open for tours (the mail car, sleeping car, caboose, etc.), and some others that are being restored (a World War II hospital car and a Jim Crow car from the days before desegregation).
Throughout the complex, the staff is friendly and well-informed. The site is scrupulously clean and the restrooms are nice.
This attraction comes most highly recommended. And when you are done, the Corvette Museum will still be waiting.
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