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The Western America Railroad Museum is a fun visit if you are in Barstow. It is housed in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles, CA
Not just your ordinary train museum

We went mainly because of interest in the Harvey House and Harvey Girls, and found a few pictures... read more

Reviewed April 26, 2018
Kathleen J
Sunnyvale, California
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685 N 1st Ave, Barstow, CA 92311-2201
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Western America Railroad Museum is a fun visit if you are in Barstow. It is housed in the Harvey House Casa del Desierto. Now although the Railroad Museum is small, the Harvey House also has a Route 66 and a NASA museum. So it's...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jackbear
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Great place to spend an afternoon and see all the train and railroad stuff. Very friendly staff with a small gift shop area.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Bob B
Reviewed May 4, 2018

So much stuff and so little time. Very interesting displays, histories, and a very large date nail collection. Depending on the shape of the nail, it designated the quality and type of wood used for railroad ties. Most interesting and well worth visiting.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank RobandSuzy
Reviewed April 26, 2018

We went mainly because of interest in the Harvey House and Harvey Girls, and found a few pictures of that which were interesting. It was fun to climb on a couple of the train cars; we've seen several videos of old deserted train cars in...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Kathleen J
Reviewed April 9, 2018

I learned more about MJ Colter, and the AT&SF railroad here. Well done museum and free! I bought gifts for train crazed grandson as well as a metal poster of the famous Colorado Hanging Bridge. A hidden delight!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank mariamhennessy
Reviewed March 26, 2018

Outside there are engines and coaches exhibited which give a terrific feel for the "olden days". Inside the museum there are many interesting artefacts and exhibits in several rooms - well worth a visit inside just to see the old fire engine.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank ilderv0
Reviewed March 15, 2018

The Western America Railroad Museum is a collection of memorabilia around the railroad, it's free but there is nothing overly exciting to see. However if you are going to the Route 66 museum already it's well worth coming in for 10 minutes or so.

Date of experience: May 2017
Reviewed March 13, 2018

This small museum has surprisingly big collection of railway history related exhibits. Unfortunately they are all placed at very small area so it all becomes quite confusing. But it is worth a visit.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank EvaF2Eva
Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

This is a small donation-based museum located in the Harvey House. It features a few train cars outside and historical pieces inside. There’s not a lot to see unless you are a devout train history lover who is willing to seek out something interesting. Others...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank RNRVTraveler
Reviewed December 31, 2017

When you are at the Harvey House center stop in. It is small but has some good history and a few railcars outside. Location is excellent and is near the current rail tracks and depot.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jim K
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Cory N
October 13, 2017|
Response from DeniseL3221 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is but donation.
Doris M
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Actually they are only open Fri, Sat and Sunday.