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RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display

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Local Train Museum

As a train buff, any rail museum is a good museum. This is worth a visit, however, it is in need of... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2016
Paul G
Tucson, Arizona
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Museum was an OK place to visit. I realize that they depend on donations but this place is in need... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2016
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Aug 4, 2018
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Jun 14, 2018
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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1512 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-6578
+1 712-323-5182
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

stop after the Union pacific museum some old stock outside. steam engine where you can go inside the cab best was the US postal car that was amazing to see. old depot has small museum. friendly staff. quick stop if you are interested in trains.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank billhordy
Reviewed June 14, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Josie S
Reviewed February 4, 2018

Terrible museum archives and the model railroad is quite pitiful! Outside exhibits are only so-so and could use some paint!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Keith W
Reviewed January 17, 2017

The RailsWest has several engines and cars. In the museum there is a good collection of railroad ephemera. Great for children of all ages. Easy to get to.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank chuckpisgah
Reviewed September 30, 2016

As a train buff, any rail museum is a good museum. This is worth a visit, however, it is in need of an overhaul. It depends on the admission fees ( $7.00 for an adult ) and I dod not think that it has very...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Paul G
Reviewed September 7, 2016

Museum was an OK place to visit. I realize that they depend on donations but this place is in need of alot of work and restoration. Now that we have gone there once I don't know they we would return again.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank balltra75
Reviewed September 2, 2016

This "Museum" is small, crowded and the train cars they let you walk through are a safety hazard. PLUS they charge! Like trains? Go down the street to the Union Pacific Museum, it is MUCH better AND FREE!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank jasontS3599DC
Reviewed August 11, 2016 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.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank MilesL44
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.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank JohnBCowgill
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...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank apeters1088
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