Historic RailPark & Train Museum

Historic RailPark & Train Museum

Historic RailPark & Train Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Located on a major north-south corridor between two major cities, Bowling Green has a long history tied to the evolution of transportation in Kentucky; from steamboats traveling the Barren River to the railroad and eventually the current interstate systems. The current L&N Depot was built in 1925 to replace an older station. At one time, over 20 trains per day departed the current site, providing a hub for Bowling Green’s economic foundation and exposure to travelers between Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN.
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RickDude
Cedar Hill, TX60 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a nice little museum. The gem is the tour. Our guide was full of very interesting information about the restored train cars we walked through.
Written September 29, 2022
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MarlaJ
Dayton, OH5 contributions
Sep 2022
Our "tour guide" Donna gave such a wonderfully presented tour of the five or six train cars we went through and we really left there with a superb understanding of the history of the trains and the lives of those who worked the trains. The museum itself had so much that we were only able to finish the lower floor after our tour because we found everything we read and saw so interesting. Definitely worth a second visit for us in the future.
Written September 26, 2022
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Bob W
1 contribution
Jul 2022
A delight.
You must find ways to avoid becoming what LBL used to claim "best kept secret' in the Bluegrass State.

Whoever designed the museum. Mega-Kudos. You've made this a wonderful site for history, trends, 20th century social norms/expectations beyond railroad in Kentucky.

Our tour guide was a sweet natured smiling young lady who fielded questions with poise and grace.

All in all, our tour was ... well, we're coming back and already letting others know where you are.
Thank you.
bob.Watkins@aol.com
Written July 18, 2022
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Bob, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Historic RailPark and Train Museum! Thank you for leaving us a five star review!
Written August 31, 2022
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ChristineBrown92
Linton, IN652 contributions
Jul 2022
This was probably the best thing we did in KY. Loved learning about the train and touring the train cars. Very informative.
Written July 17, 2022
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Christine, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time visiting at the Historic RailPark and Train Museum! Thank you very much for leaving us a five-star review!
Written August 31, 2022
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Bruce M
6 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Had a great tour and it was so nice to see inside the different train cars. And the tour guide was tops.
Written April 26, 2022
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railpark25
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Historic RailPark and Train Museum! Thank you for leaving a review!
Written April 29, 2022
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beth
Pittsboro, IN3 contributions
The guided tour of the various train cars was detailed and informative. The guide was knowledgeable and patient, as there were toddlers in the tour group. I think the tour is appropriate for pre-school age and up. The museum has lots of information and a cool miniature train set.
Written April 3, 2022
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railpark25
We are so thankful that you enjoyed your visit to the Historic Railpark and Train Museum and thank you for leaving a review!
Written April 29, 2022
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Amanda T
Northville, SD2 contributions
Excellent tour with a knowledgeable guide! Covered a lot of history and walking through the train cars was fun. The museum itself was FULL of information and is well laid out.
Written March 22, 2022
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railpark25
We are so grateful to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Historic RailPark and thank you for leaving a review!
Written April 29, 2022
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Texasgal1517
Nashville, TN50 contributions
The tour and museum are a great way to learn about the L&N. This railroad, while now defunct, was critical for the region 150+ years ago. The museum has exhibits set up to provide some regional railroad history. The guided tour walks you through a restored train from locomotive to the caboose. The locomotive has been converted to house exhibits about the L&N, but the rest of the cars were restored to their glory. My tour guide, Dustin, provided lots of interesting information about the day to day railroad life. I grew up around trains in AZ, TX, CO, OK, and AR yet still learned a good deal both about trains and the L&N.
Written March 16, 2022
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railpark25
We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit to the Historic RailPark and Train Museum and enjoyed your tour! Thank you for your review!
Written April 29, 2022
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Alta S
Ravenna, OH30 contributions
Jan 2022
This place was Amazing ! Very Informative place lots of History . The tour guide was very helpful and There was a wedding there Beautiful set up ..
Written January 25, 2022
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HistoricRailPark
Alta, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Historic RailPark and Train Museum and found your tour guide informative and helpful! We work our hardest to make sure our tour guides give an informative and entertaining tour to our guests. And we are happy you found the wedding set up beautiful as well. Should you ever be interested in renting here with the RailPark, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!
Written January 26, 2022
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tabhauser
Glen Cove, NY772 contributions
Oct 2021
Bowling Green’s Historic Railpark and Train Museum is housed in the preserved and historic L & N Depot building built in 1925.

It has plenty of artifacts, an impressive model train set up, and old railcars to make any train fan happy. What makes this museum special is the guided tour describing the history and the people and the segregation that went on it the railroad.

In the galley, sleeper, and postal car, the guide pointed out the positions of the staff and the hard work done at each station. She explained that all porters were African American and sadly, George Pullman required them to be called George which the porters hated.
Our guide explained how the porters would sleep on the floor of the dining car or on a stool between the cars so they can be called upon. Porters were on call at night to get a ladder for people on the top bunk that needed to go the bathroom. They would work 400 hours a month (of a 730 hour month)
I would not have learned this without the guide
Written December 16, 2021
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HistoricRailPark
Tab, Thank you for visiting the Historic RailPark and Train Museum and leaving us an in-depth review! We pride ourselves on the history behind our restored rail cars, and we are happy to hear how informative and special you found the tour!
Written January 26, 2022
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