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“A real gem!”

Arizona Railway Museum
Ranked #8 of 43 things to do in Chandler
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Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A real gem!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This museum is a little difficult to find but if you are a fan of railroads this is THE place to visit. Lots of cars that are restored or in the process of being restored. Great for children that have little knowledge about rail travel. Check dates and times; closed in the summer.

Visited December 2012
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Portland, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Cool place to explore for an hour or so. Lots of trains to wander in and out of and a nice little gift shop and indoor museum. Friendly staff of volunteers running the show. My kids loved it and so did we. Only wished the trains we explored could actually roll down the tracks with us inside!

Visited November 2011
1 Thank misschriss
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Tempe, Arizona
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 13, 2012

This museum takes great care to isply relics and vintage railway equipment fromt he great days of the train. One of the best railway museums I have seen with a large amount of equipment. As a non-profit (not adding to your tax burden) museum this operation is run on the controbutions of tis memebers and visitors to the museum. Some of the equipemnt is privately owned and maintained and some was privately owned and donated ot the museaum. I have never seen a non-profit museum with so much equipment to exhibity and so many poeple so dedicted to sharing history with any visitor. On our visit, Train Day 2012, there were so many peopel wearing orange staff shirts helping that answered all of our questions and invited us to sit down as they carefully rolled out hisotries of various pieces of equipment. We intend to return several times per year. By the way, the admission on Train Day was ZERO and that included a ride from the parking lot to the displays. The STAFF treated us like celebrities. When you go, select a day when it is not going to rain or be above 90 as you will want to see the outside of the train cars as well. You will have steps to climb to board the exhibits. Allow time to soak up the ambience and the legacy of the historic days of railroading. Great place!!

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Doug G
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fun & Interesting for Train Lovers!”
Reviewed February 12, 2011

If you have a child who loves trains, this is a great place to visit. I went here with my 2.5 year old today, and he thoroughly enjoyed it! There are several old train cars on site, and for a small fee ($2 pp) you can go inside select trains. Otherwise, the visit is free. It is a fairly small attraction, but it is a great opportunity to see some trains up close. My son even got to ring the bell & it made his day! You can tell they are really trying to capture Arizona's railway history & I think they're doing a good job.

2 Thank Mileo-Mileo
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Mesa, Arizona
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not worth the free price of admission”
Reviewed February 6, 2009

A total waste of time. I went here with my four daughters, and we all left disappointed.

There is not much here to see. On the day we went, only one train was open to go through. That train was o.k., but it didn't take long to be done.

The lady when you first got there was friendly enough, but one man (saorry, you have to earn the title of gentleman) whom we encountered after leaving the one train was rude, beligerent, obnoxious, and treated us like we were little more than animals.

There is no admission charge, it is by donation. Save your time and your donation and steer REAL cleare of this place.

3 Thank sirbison
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