Eastern Shore Railway Museum

Eastern Shore Railway Museum, Parksley: Address, Phone Number, Eastern Shore Railway Museum Reviews: 4/5

Eastern Shore Railway Museum

Eastern Shore Railway Museum
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Carenandmike
Boonton, NJ50 contributions
May 2021
If you are into trains, then you really should see this museum. If you call them in advance, they may be able to open for you. Our guide showed us the insides of the cars and an amazing restoration that he is working on. Also some miniature train set-ups. If you are in a hurry, then maybe this isn't for you. We spent 45 minutes on the tour and had to stop because we had arrived on bike and had more miles to go. The town of Parksley seems to be frozen in time.
Written May 21, 2021
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Chimesboss
Ocean View, DE323 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Alexander Cassatt, the man responsible for the original Penn Station in New York, had an earlier visionary idea a railroad bridging the mouth of the Chesapeake by barge and traveling the length of Delmarva to create a line that would connect the South with New York. Using his own money he built that line designing the barges and tugs and facilities and creating a town.

As big as that vision was the museum at Parksley unfortunately does not live up to it. The line has been recently abandoned and the town as well as the museum is struggling to figure out how to make that work to its advantage.

Unfortunately the museum is thin on substance, it fails to tell the big story of this line, or that of its decline. The collection of rail cars are interesting but not accessible, the staff person we met was very nice but seemed to know less about this museum and the railroad that would have served it than other attractions.

The museum is free, but a donation is appreciated. We gave one and while it was not what we expected it was something worthy of support. The museum should do more with the story, less with the artifacts as static exhibits. It should also consider acquiring some motive power so people could ride the rails still not far from its door. Its unlikely they can afford a steam engine or a diesel but a speeder and some trailers could serve as a beginning. Someone more knowledgeable about the railway Cassatt built, its impact and the man himself would be a great addition.

This is a potential diamond but right now its very rough...

I give credit to those who sustain it but if they want to benefit the town and those who visit they must do more!
Written April 19, 2019
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ebonyangels1
Parksley, VA16 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
Nice area to view and walk through after dining at one of the restaurants in Parksley. Nice touch.Nostalgic
Written November 12, 2018
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Kevin J
Virginia Beach, VA94 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Just west of US13 on the Eastern Shore. The museum is free and operates on donations. They have some neat rail cars you can enter. They have done a great job restoring them. The site has informative signage around the site offering insight to the displays. It wasn’t crowded and it isn’t wheel chair accessible. They have model trains inside the museum but they weren’t operating during my visit. Definitely worth the price of admission.
Written August 5, 2018
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Michelle M
Lynchburg, VA58 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
We went to this museum we weren't sure how it was going to be but it was great. The lady inside was so nice enough to take us around and take is inside the trains. She didn't mind me taking a little extra time to take pictures, we didn't feel rushed to go through. Some of these types of museums you often feel pushed though them. She told us all about the trains to spread the knowledge. They run on donations so you do not have to purchase a ticket. The trains get hot so I would choose a cooler day to go. The gift shop was also a nice little place. We really enjoyed ourselves. We donated more than what the tickets would have cost because the lady was such a friendly person and the fact that she was so willing to take us to look at the trains though it was on the warm side. We also would like to see this treasure to stay open.
Written June 17, 2018
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Beaching it!
Onancock, Virginia80 contributions
Oct 2017
We stopped one afternoon to see the trains, was neat to see the dining cars ... We did not buy tickets to go inside but was a nice little stop looking thru the windows and reading the signs.
Written November 9, 2017
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Judie C
Parksley, VA26 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
Was there a while ago... hasn't changed...needs more... history, pictures....show more information on the railroad itself
Written October 3, 2017
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mdgipsy
Baltimore, MD973 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
My 10 year old is a train fanatic and was very excited to stop here. It was fun to walk around and get an eye full of their trains. Nice collection.
Written July 12, 2017
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adventuralaviva
Lewes, DE9 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
My son is older than the 4 to 6 year old train lover he was days ago and this was perfect for him (8 at the time of first visit and still going strong at 10) He is always up for an adventure and doesn't mind a drive. We tacked this onto the end of a visit to the NASA Visitor center outside of Chincoteague. Parksley is another beautiful Delmarva town with the Railway Museum right in the middle of it. It consist of a historic small town ticket both station where you can meet a volunteer guide to take you through the rail cars they have on display. All the cars are is all stages of repair as volunteers and donations are working to bring history back to life. The end of the tour ends appropriately with a tour of a caboose and then into another larger hall station with pictures and history of the railroad on the Eastern Shore. Well worth the donation for any history buff or plain old enthusiastic explorer of the Delmarva Peninsula! Thanks to all the volunteers for keeping this going and providing great history exploration on the shore!
Written January 28, 2017
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Rob H
Keymar, MD28 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
We planned this stop on our way through the area and we were not disappointed. The museum has several restored passenger cars and several other cars. The restored station is also a great tour, along with the artifacts in the museum building. My kids loved playing with the train toys in the museum as well. The lady on staff at the museum was also great - she walked us through the station and all of the cars.
Written August 23, 2016
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