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Address: 1700 Port Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone Number: 18705358819
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Arkansas Railroad Museum exhibits the history of railroading in...

The Arkansas Railroad Museum exhibits the history of railroading in Arkansas with a special emphasis on the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, more commonly known as the Cotton Belt Railroad. Housed in the Cotton Belt Backshop building, featuring Cotton Belt steam locomotive 819, which was built in this very building in 1942, the last steam locomotive built in Arkansas. Exhibits also include cabooses (cabeese?), passenger cars, freight cars, diesel locomotives, and a large collection of smaller artifacts of railroad history including timetables, tools, telegraph equipment, pictures, and much more. We are open 9 AM to 2 PM Monday through Saturday, but please call ahead if you are bringing a large group or arriving late, we can often accommodate special requests.

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A great Railroad Museum

This is a real Railroad Museum. It has several locomotives one can climb into and view the cab. There are several other cars and equipment to view also. I feel it is on of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2014
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Glensted Mo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is a real Railroad Museum. It has several locomotives one can climb into and view the cab. There are several other cars and equipment to view also. I feel it is on of the better ones, from 40 years experience of visiting RR museums.

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Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I won't every one to know that the Arkansas Railroad Museum is a Hidden Gem in Pine Bluff Ar. It is filled with AMAZING Railroad History The Volunteers are WONDERFUL AND FULL OF RAILROAD KNOWLEDGE, So when in Pine Bluff Ar. please visit The Arkansas Railroad Museum. You won't be disappointed ! Also the !9th Annual Railroad Train Show is... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Whilst I couldn't find as much to do in Pine Bluff as other places in Arkansas, this museum is one of the things I went there for. You take a self-guided tour into train compartments and gain an understanding of the history of the cotton bell and how people who worked for the railroad used to live and work. The... More 

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Kewanee, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

My family of four went not expecting much but we were amused with what we found. I must say Bill the gentleman who showed us around is a character all around nice guy. This place is packed with railways history. I was shocked at the fact that you were encouraged to climb aboard and take as many picture as you... More 

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Booneville, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I visited the Arkansas Railroad Museum last week and found it very interesting. My gg uncle worked for the railroad in Pine Bluff for a time so it was very cool to me. I would imagine children would absolutely love this place. The museum is free to get in and they do allow photos to be taken inside. They do... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

A great under the radar museum that has been put together with the total dedication of some loyal volunteers. Over the years, they have restored an old railroad shop building which houses a great collection of locomotives, including the famed steam locomotive 819. Also contains a great collection of photographs. It is a little hard to find, but pay attention... More 

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Crossett, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This museum has steam engines, one of which is being refurbished, passenger cars and other memorabilia. They even have a small train to carry the kids

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

It wasn't a whole lot to see but my toddler really enjoyed seeing the trains go around the train table and going into the trains that they had available on display. When we went they were not all on display because they had a special event they were preparing for. The staff were very nice but they do have women... More 

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Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This is a self guided tour with knowledgeable volunteers available to answer questions. The trains on display appeal to all ages. Keep in mind the area has a roof, but minimal heating and cooling.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

If you are in town with kids we suggest you take your kids ( under 10) to this place. Very informative information that your kids can learn which they enjoy a day out . So take your kids there when your are in town to this place

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