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“staff very very friendly”

Arkansas Railroad Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Arkansas Railroad Museum exhibits the history of railroading in Arkansas with a special emphasis on the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, more commonly known as the Cotton Belt Railroad. Housed in the Cotton Belt Backshop building, featuring Cotton Belt steam locomotive 819, which was built in this very building in 1942, the last steam locomotive built in Arkansas. Exhibits also include cabooses (cabeese?), passenger cars, freight cars, diesel locomotives, and a large collection of smaller artifacts of railroad history including timetables, tools, telegraph equipment, pictures, and much more. We are open 9 AM to 2 PM Monday through Saturday, but please call ahead if you are bringing a large group or arriving late, we can often accommodate special requests.
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“staff very very friendly”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

It wasn't a whole lot to see but my toddler really enjoyed seeing the trains go around the train table and going into the trains that they had available on display. When we went they were not all on display because they had a special event they were preparing for. The staff were very nice but they do have women from the local prison who come to volunteer and they were there when we arrived.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank ej2013
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Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Low Key”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

This is a self guided tour with knowledgeable volunteers available to answer questions. The trains on display appeal to all ages. Keep in mind the area has a roof, but minimal heating and cooling.

Visited March 2012
3 Thank Ruth Q
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Dallas, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Take your kids there !!!”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

If you are in town with kids we suggest you take your kids ( under 10) to this place. Very informative information that your kids can learn which they enjoy a day out . So take your kids there when your are in town to this place

Visited January 2013
Thank Nathaniel B
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
“This place, You must need to visit with your children”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Engine 819, Pine Bluff’s legendary queen of steam, weights 368 tons, measures 100 feet from front to back, takes 150 gallons of water and 15 gallons of oil just to run one mile of track. Railroad buffs should not miss it! Volunteer craftsmen, lovingly rebuilt Engine 819, the last 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive built in Pine Bluff. Tours are available year-round. The museum also houses passenger cars, cabooses and baggage cars – all restored to their original splendor as well as many artifacts used back in the days of steam engines.
Like I say, you must visit this place while you are in Pine Bluff with your children.

Visited December 2012
Thank Marc192
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White Hall, Arkansas, United States
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Little Boy's Dream”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

My son loves Thomas the Train. He loved going to the train museum. It's an old warehouse that is stocked full of old train cars. You and your kids can go into the cars. They aren't just box cars. They are passenger cars, etc. They also have train sets that kids love to watch and railroad equipment, signs, etc. Retired engineers and railroad employees volunteer to work the museum. These folks are full of stories and knowledge. Be sure to ask questions. The only downside is the last time we were in there, they did not have air conditioning and there is no place to buy food or drinks.

2 Thank Shannon R
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