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“A must-see for every rail enthusiast!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Historic Railpark and Train Museum

Historic Railpark and Train Museum
401 Kentucky Street, Ste. B, Bowling Green, KY 42101
270 745 7317
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Ranked #11 of 25 attractions in Bowling Green
Type: History Museums
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Cecilia
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“A must-see for every rail enthusiast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

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.

Visited July 2012
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Germantown, Tennessee
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“A Step Back in Railroad History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

This is a must for train historians especially with a focus on the midsouth and the early growth of the railroads and cities that they served. The tour of the railroad cars by a museum guide was outstanding, historical, with lots of anectdotes. The museum plans on adding new cars in the future which will make it even better. The restored depot has a good museum store and model railroad that will entertain kids and adults. In addition there is a more educational displays and information about the trains and the early days of the trains that went through Bowling Green. Well worth the visit.

Visited August 2012
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Oxford, MS
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“One of the best Small Rail Museums we've seen”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Don't be fooled by the small number of rolling stock. We were unsure how good this was going to be because they didn't have a lot of rail cars. However, the ones they have are well restored and the guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He told the story of the L&N railroad, Bowling Green and rail travel, and the history of the particular cars and what rail travel was like. When we were there, they had a mail car, a dining car, a pullman (with rooms set up for day and night), and a private care used by politicians and business men. The attached museum had displays that were instructive and well done, covering the Civil War and the railroad, different types of rail cars, and the history of the railroad. A large room contained an impressive model railroad layout that you could activate with a button, and was staffed by some model rail enthusiasts who were happy to talk with you.

Visited August 2012
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Owensboro, Kentucky
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“Unique wedding venue, incredible museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Staff helped us create a fabulous, beautiful wedding and reception for my niece in a very short time. Incredible, knowledgeable staff, very helpful and friendly. My father was a retired L&N railroad operator, and it was wonderful touring the museum with the very knowledgeable and friendly staff!!

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Franklin, Kentucky
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“ALL ABOARD: Delightful Surprise: An afternoon of Learning and Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

I have driven pass the Historic RAILPARK & Train Museum a number of times in Bowling Green, KY, and never thought of stopping. However when my sister was visiting I decided to take here there for sightseeing. It turned out to be a delightful and eye opening experience.

The museum has a wide variety exhibits on both the first and second floors that contain interesting facts about the rail systems in the U.S. and on trains themselves (L&N Passenger Trains, Civil War & the Railroad, Business of the Rail Road, Famous Name Trains, Meet the Engineer, Dining Cars, the Great Locomotive Chase and much more. This is a self-guided tour and you can take all the time you want to visit each exhibit.

As an added bonus to the exhibits is a guided tour a group of Rail Cars (The RPO #1107 Railroad Post Office Car, the Duncan Hines Dining Car, the Towering Pine Sleeper Car, The Presidential Office Car, L&N#353 etc). The guide that took us on the tour, Summer, was friendly, very knowledgeable, and just delightful. She took us back in time, to another place, to a place of wonder.

Fun tour for kids and if you are a train enthusiast you don’t want to pass this up. Have fun and “ALL ABOARD!!!!!!!!!!!”

Visited August 2012
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