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RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display

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Address: 1512 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-6578
Phone Number: 712-323-5182
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Hot day for an outside museum

Took our granddaughter there today. Very interesting, lots of old train stuff. They even have an old phone booth something our granddaughter has never seen. Cost was $7 for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
MilesL44
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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took our granddaughter there today. Very interesting, lots of old train stuff. They even have an old phone booth something our granddaughter has never seen. Cost was $7 for seniors. Not too bad. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

It may not be the most popular museum in Council Bluffs, but it is a must see for any rail fan. You have a lot of trains here.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

My son and I were referred here from the staff at the Squirrel Cage Jail. We decided to head over because my son loves trains. The museum is set in an old train station full of history and artifacts. There were several model trains, one of which had a switch my son could control. We then headed outside where there... More 

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Thank apeters1088
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My grandson and I liked this equally well. He got to try all of the teletypes and type writers. We were able to look through papers and calling cards drawers and cabinets. The train had original features and some original furniture. We were encouraged to open and look at everything that did not have a lock. It did not matter... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

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.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

The museum is disorganized at best. The model was interesting and worth seeing but the rest is really not worth the visit. The rolling stock is in a state of decline. Good for a rainy day maybe. If it is rolling stock you are looking for then go to St. Louis and see the Museum of Transportation at which you... More 

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Thank BernieandJune
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We love coming here. My daughter absolutely loves running around all the different train cars they have. Neat model train display inside as well.

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Thank Jetter4406
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a great spot to spend an hour on a rainy afternoon or longer if you are a railroad buff. Interesting historical articles and info of rail history in the Midwest.

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Thank KAY M
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This museum has a large model scale railroad that is wonderful. There is a train car set up as a passenger car that kids love to sit in.There exhibits of train memorebilia.

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Thank Nancy L
Poulsbo, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This has some great old trains and engines that you can board and see how train travel really was. Lots of newspaper clippings and RR memorabilia. See Johhny Cash's letter about his visit to CB.

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