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“One of the Larger Collections of Rail Equipment from All Eras”

Southeastern Railway Museum
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Southeastern Railway Museum occupies a 35-acre site in Duluth, Georgia, in northeast suburban Atlanta. In operation since 1970, the Southeastern Railway Museum features about 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives. Museum hours vary seasonally. Ride in restored cabooses behind restored antique diesel locomotives, stand next to the massive driving wheels of the locomotive that once pulled passenger trains to Key West on the “railroad that went to sea,” tour the business car that helped bring the Olympics to Atlanta, pose in the private car once used by President Warren G. Harding, and step inside a dining car used by FDR on one of his many trips to Warm Springs, GA. The mission of the Southeastern Railway Museum is to provide an educational atmosphere that will vividly bring to life the cultural, technological and historical importance of transportation to our region.
Reviewed November 24, 2012

Featuring 'more than 80 pieces of retired' railroad rolling stock and locomotives, this transportation history museum also has busses and fire trucks. There is at least one model layout and a room of model trains on the shelves. Much of the outside equipment is exactly as it was when the railroad retired it, pretty shabby, but functional. Inside, there are restored wooden cars for transporting milk in bulk, preishable fruits, and a bunk car for workers. Also you will find passenger cars and two steam locomotives.

There are four steam locomotives and four or more diesels. Non-revenue cars are six caboose or transfer cars, most are red in color, and a ballast spreader, self-propelled crane, a burro crane on a flat car, and the bunk car.

So much to see, you cannot grasp it all in one trip; don't expect kids to be able to see everything, how on earth could they remember it all?

We took the short train ride billed as a 'demo-ride.' It is short but you get ot see how the train goes through a switch. The coach used had new covers on the seats. On warm days they use the two cabooses which have been modified to be well protective for little children to not fall off. Still a good idea for parents to hold their hand. One of the diesels provides the power.

New this year is the miniature train ride. It was not operating the day we were there, but just its presence recalls to memory the one we had in Knoxville at the fair grounds which was operated by a local civic club. As usual, the museum can only operate the equipment they hav ethe volunteer staff available for. The public should realize tha tfor the price, these non-profit venues don't have paid staffs with everything operating unitl 6 pm or later each day.

Thank Silentflier
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

This is a must visit for lovers of trains. Kids of all ages can climb around on lots of equipment. The prices are very reasonable and help the foundation to purchase more equipment for the museum. When I visited, they were adding some rides for children.

Thank WAG923
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I stayed in Duluth, Ga for several days to see friends and this Museum. And stayed for "four hours" I had a lot of fun walking in old railroad cars and some engines. And the old Marta buses were also fun to be able to get onboard. This museum isn't far from I-85 N/S and the price is right my Adult ticket was only $8.00

1  Thank itellitlikeitis
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Just attended my grandson's 3rd birthday party here & it was great! There is a special car they use for parties so you can set up food/cake. Nothing fancy, just a place where the general public can't access. The museum is run by volunteers and they are all very knowledgeable. There are many old railway cars that you can walk through as well as buses, taxis, etc. from the era. You can also see track equipment, the inside of a depot, china from dining cars........ This is really worth the time, if you care about trains or history.

1  Thank frdallen
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

we arrived with our grandson around 4.00 pm on a wednesday. cost for 2 seniors and a 2 year old... $17. seems like a lot sice the kiddy train wasn't operating, the gift shop closed at 4.30 and they closed up at 5.00. i wish someone had told us we didn't have much time and there was no kiddie train ride. some nice rolling stock, nice displays esp. the real china and silverware from delta, eastern and TWA from the 60's. overall, no big deal. i'd skip it.

2  Thank alfnot1111
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