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The Raymond F Ratcliffe Transportation Museum

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Address: 51 Commerce St, Pulaski, VA 24301-5619
Phone Number: +1 540-980-2307
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Come and see a unique Museum with a treasure of what small town America was like from the 1900 to now.

Check out the huge model train exhibit that details Pulaski Virginia in the nineteen fifties and has photos and objects from various eras that document the railroad bringing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Check out the huge model train exhibit that details Pulaski Virginia in the nineteen fifties and has photos and objects from various eras that document the railroad bringing progress to Martin's Tank that became Pulaski.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Nice little free museum but was expecting it to be a bit bigger from the information in travel brochures. Unfortunately the model railway was not working on the day we visited and the person that looked after it was on vacation so couldn't be fixed. It was a shame as we were looking forward to seeing it.

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Twinsburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

Very nice folks at the desk. One lady was the daughter of Raymond Ratcliffe and a great resource for all things Pulaski. Very nice building and interesting displays. Nice train set and a couple things to keep even the very young interested.

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Mount Airy, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2016

The town replica is much larger than I expected it to be. Built over a period of 50 years of the city in the 30's. His daughter told us that 1 building was made out of plywood the rest were made out of Kellogg cereal boxes. Many antiques from that era. A lot of history of that time in the... More 

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Radford, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

Took my grandchildren and they loved watching the model train layout, playing in the train yard house, and even got to sound the siren on the antique fire engine.

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Pulaski, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2015

I am a hometown boy and have volunteered at the "Ratcliffe" as we locals call it. The museum has something for everyone who enjoys both history and railroads. The Brockmeyer model train display is a must see exhibition. The late Dr. Brockmeyer spent decades building an exact model of the Town of Pulaski from the 1930's. The detail is incredible... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2015

I loved the model of downtown Pulaski! It's a little before my time but my dad remembers a lot of it during that time and could point out much of it. I too remember a lot of it too. I really enjoyed looking at all of the memories!!!!

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Thank Leslie A
Canfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2015

a small but interesting museum in Pulaski VA. lots of old local history photos but best of all for toy train fans there is a O scale model of the town in the 50s-60s that was built by the town dentist over a 40 year period! I mean detailed! He and his wife even took pictures of the underneath of... More 

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Draper, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2015

This museum is a real surprise in a small town a few minutes off of exit 94, I-81. It presents the history of Pulaski, VA... its ups and downs (and many fires!) and most interestingly, has a working O gauge model railroad which depicts the town in the 1950s. So you can relate the town you see outside with the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

This was a very interesting place to visit if you can catch it when it is open. Most of the items that where in this museum came from the train station across the street and the model train set came from a local resident of Pulaski.

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