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RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display

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We visited during railroad days. We had no idea this was here. Yes, it does need updated, but... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Good Railroad Museum

An old Rock Island Depot with lots of railroad equipment. There some great locomotives and... read more

Reviewed July 15, 2019
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1512 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-6578
+1 712-323-5182
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank l0uettas
Reviewed July 15, 2019

An old Rock Island Depot with lots of railroad equipment. There some great locomotives and railroad cars displayed outside which you can go in.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank sstieger
Reviewed June 28, 2019

Quite unattractive! Depot a complete disappointment! Equipment on display was paltry and most were dilapidated and not taken care of. Do NOT waste time or effort to see!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Keith W
Reviewed June 11, 2019

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.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank cmbritton
Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

If you really like trains or have kids that really like trains, then I would say it is worth the money. It didn’t even take us an hour to go through the site. The kids liked ringing the bell in the yard and on one...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank kristinad496
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
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