RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display

RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display, Council Bluffs: Hours, Address, RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display Reviews: 3.5/5

RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display

RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display
3.5
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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RailsWest Depot Museum is housed in an old Rock Island Depot built in 1899. There are many displays which include full size train cars to walk through and an HO size model train.
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1-2 hours
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Quimby R
Omaha, NE117 contributions
Couples
Wife and I visited July 3, 2013. The Museum is located in the old Rock Island Railroad depot in Council Bluffs and is fairly easy to get to from I-80. The building itself is pretty "nifty" and exemplifies the small to medium sized town station. It has some outdoor railroad equipment displayed that can be inspected as part of the standard admission of $7 for adults. The outdoor equipment consists of several passenger cars, an old CB&Q ten-wheeler steam locomotive, a caboose, and a few miscellaneous cars. The inside displays are modestly setup and the freight section houses an elaborate HO scale model railroad of Council Bluffs that comes on with a motion sensor. Overall a bit pricey, but worth visiting if you've never been there before and/or are a railroad fan.
Written July 4, 2013
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RailfanMotels
New York City, NY604 contributions
Family
I'll start by saying the museum was closed the day I stopped at the museum this year. I have been here in the past, and really enjoyed myself. The museum staff is very knowledgeable about the local railroad history, as well as their displays. My favorite part is the old time trains displayed on the site. A couple steam locomotives, as well cabooses and other railroad cars are restored. Several of these are open to walk through. If you’re lucky, you may catch a real freight train pass the museum site, which is always exciting for the museum visitors.
Written November 1, 2011
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Thomas E
Omaha, NE23 contributions
Some folks have been way too hard on this attraction. They are doing the best they can with the resources they have. Despite some condition issues, the staff is kind, they are doing their best and there is a lot to learn at this place. I encourage you to visit and support this wonderful museum.
Written August 21, 2019
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micahel56
Mundelein, IL96 contributions
It's in a beautiful Rock Island depot but this museum is in bad need of cash. The exhibits are more collections of stuff. There is no story to tell. The rail car outside are falling apart. Maybe it's time to pack it in.
Written July 24, 2015
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cmbritton
Morgantown, WV57 contributions
Couples
Visited this museum on a Saturday. Lots and lots of displays which were very interesting. If you have any interest at all in trains and history this museum is for you.
Written June 11, 2019
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Josie S
Omaha, NE255 contributions
I would pass on this unless you really, really like trains and have an hour to kill while in the area. The old model train inside is small and compact but on the cute side I guess. The trains outside are rundown and I am nervous my kid will get tetanus. I also think it is on the steep side for admission.
Written June 14, 2018
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Steve R
Fort Dodge, IA209 contributions
Family
We took our 2 1/2 year old grandson to this museum and it was perfect for him. Exhibits in the depot include a nice HO layout and a small Lionel gauge layout set up as Thomas the Train. Plenty to keep him occupied and a lot of history for adults to look at and keep their interest as well. There are outside exhibits as well, several engines and cabooses, a mail car, parlor car and the like. Almost all are accessible by steps so you can view inside and out. There is also an operating track adjacent and you might see some grain trains moving. We were there for almost 90 minutes which says something about keeping small kids interested. Check you AAA travel guide or call for hours of operation. It is kind of an out of the way area south of downtown CB but GPS will get you there.
Written August 12, 2013
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wvgm
Amherst, OH61 contributions
Family
Very nice young lady met us at the door and gave us a rundown of the facility. Great local RR history, with very good local information. Union Pacific 814 in the yard was fun to see and climb aboard. Local folks working hard to keep their history alive!
Written June 15, 2013
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redmon05
Council Bluffs, IA67 contributions
Family
The renovations to the museum were very high tech. They provide a lot of information on the railway system for the adult but also a lot of hands on activities for the kids. The simulation train is very cool although I thought I broke it! It must be dummy proof though. Thank goodness. Go during the Black Squirrel Days when many of the CB sites are free to the public.
Written August 15, 2012
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Louetta S
Omaha, NE1,511 contributions
Couples
We visited during railroad days. We had no idea this was here. Yes, it does need updated, but still an informative piece of railroad history.
We loved seeing the memorable. Outside there are cars to tour. I found the mail car interesting.
The staff was knowledgeable.
Written July 21, 2019
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