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“Very Impressive Display of Western RRmania” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Western America Railroad Museum

Western America Railroad Museum
685 North 1st Avenue, Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 256-9276
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Barstow
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Los Angeles, California
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“Very Impressive Display of Western RRmania”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

An excellent railroad museum! Outside are examples of local railroad engines, cabooses, and service vehicles (BNSF and Union Pacific). You can climb on them a little bit and look inside some of them.

Inside are several rooms full of local history: maps, tools, equipment, photographs, and memorabilia from days gone past. And the largest collection of "date nails" I have ever seen (having seen precisely one other collection in Alaska...) -- thousands from all around the country. Free admission, but you can leave a donation or buy something from the gift shop to help them along.

Back outside, you've also got the Barstow Harvey House and station, and several lines of active passenger and freight track. A rather remarkable confluence of railroading experience is available on this spot!

Visited March 2013
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“Well Worth A Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

This small museum is pretty cool. It has a lot of interesting artifacts and a small gift shop. A must see especially if you are a train enthusiast.

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“Unique Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Even though it;'s a "tourist trap" it is still a nice place to visit. Fair selection of different foods (all fast food types), various souvenir shops, and very unique architecture with the pullman cars, etc.

Visited January 2013
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Oatman, Arizona
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“What are they”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We went to the train museum. The inside was closed but we did get to look at the many engines sitting on the property. We were surprised that there are no signs explaining how old the engines are or what their special use might have been. It was somewhat disappointing that they had no information about them, just trains. But we did get some fun pictures anyway.

Visited February 2013
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Vidal Junction, California, United States
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“All a board for a very nice train museum.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This small museum is great and very clean and organized. The man who runs it was a train maintenance superintendent for over 40 years in Barstow. They have the largest Date Nail collection possibly in the US. A great collection of painting, and tools, and a very nice model train set that is made from real rocks. Outside are about 10 engines and cars that you can climb around on, lots of fun.

Visited January 2013
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