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“A train experience!”

Historic RailPark and Train Museum
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Owner description: Located on a major north-south corridor between two major cities, Bowling Green has a long history tied to the evolution of transportation in Kentucky; from steamboats traveling the Barren River to the railroad and eventually the current interstate systems. The current L&N Depot was built in 1925 to replace an older station. At one time, over 20 trains per day departed the current site, providing a hub for Bowling Green’s economic foundation and exposure to travelers between Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A train experience!”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

They have a huge elaborate model train set in doors with buttons the kids can push to activate. Get to walk through historic cars and get a history lesson. Also some great nic naks! The tour is not free you can purchase tickets inside. All in all the inside tour was a little "Meh" the tour inside the train was great.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Jon W
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Knoxville Tennessee
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105 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A Short History of the L&N and Passenger Service in Western Kentucky”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Well prepared displays on the passenger train cars and the crews inside in a room a little too dim for my wife. A surprising Hobo Coin exhibit shows the artistic talents in persons you wouldn't consider. Date Nails are interesting too! Outside the cars were heated as it was a cloudy and cool Saturday when we visited. Cars are well restored inside and out, the guide was very knowledgeable. Oney was here, too! The dining car with a complete kitchen was very interesting. I'm looking forward to when they get the other cars on the tracks restored. The engineer's seat in the locomotive is a favorite with the kids on our tour.

Visited January 2014
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2 Thank Silentflier
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Franklin, TN
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154 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Much better than expected”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

This place was recommended by a friend, so we went as a way to "kill" a couple hours. I'm so glad we did. They have a great tour of a stationary train, and the museum itself is very well done. There were a lot of media-type things to intrigue the kids, and that kept them involved. They could watch a short film, or press a button to hear trains from over time. A friendly staff to go with all that, and this place is recommended by my kids and myself.

Visited October 2013
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2 Thank BattlegroundTravel
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New York City, New York
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165 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Nice attraction”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

There aren't too many things to do in Bowling Green once you visit the Vette Assembly plant and museum. If you find yourself getting bored this is a great way to spend a couple of hours. The guide who took my on the train explained everything there is to know about the railroad. He was great. There is also a nice train layout in the building along with some nice exhibits.

Visited October 2013
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3 Thank bobbyfdny
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Dayton, Ohio
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“An Interesting Part of American History”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is an interesting museum to visit. I love historical sights and learning facts I did not learn in school. This museum tells the story of the early American railways and how Bowling Green and in particular the L & N (Louisville - Nashville) railway fit into that history. It explains the important part the railways played as America struggled, grew and changed politically. It was very interesting to walk through the L & N train in back of the museum and I hope they continue to obtain and open additional cars. There is just something very romantic and nostalgic about trains and this experience just reinforced my belief in that. I would recommend this venue to anyone, especially train enthusiasts.

Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Sherry P
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