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“Outstanding for showing Railroad Life”

Wilmington Railroad Museum
Ranked #13 of 114 things to do in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Special interest museum that pays homage to the major impact of railroads in local and national history, which features Wilmington and Weldon railroad artifacts dating from 1840, and items from the Atlantic Coastline and other railroads.
Wilmington, North Carolina
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106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Outstanding for showing Railroad Life”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

What a treat. What this museum lacks in operating equipment, it more than makes up for showing what life was like for workers, communities, passengers and the economy when railroads were the nation's dominant employers. The Wilmington Railroad Museum concentrates on the Atlantic Coast Line RR, which served seven states and was headquartered in Wilmington until 1960. Shortly afterwards it morphed into today's CSX. Adults will be fascinated at how people worked at different jobs in the railroad, and kids of all ages will love the large and extensive working model trains. Be sure to visit the caboose and of course the cab of the steam locomotive.

Visited July 2013
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Chester, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Wilmington Railroad Museum - If nearby: Take the kids!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

The RR museum has full size steam locomotive and caboose which you can sit in and take photos. THE most important section of the museum is the interactive model trains which anyone can operate simply by pushing buttons--grandkids loved it. I even pushed the red button to control the train whistle many times. The history of train travel is shown in exhibits as well. Rainy day or not: I would visit the RR museum when if the area--especially if you are traveling with kids. Convenient to many of the local beaches.

Visited June 2013
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Point Lookout, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“big surprise”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

took 2 grandkids and had a ball, a great setup fascinating to watch and a lot of great memorabilia, a little pricey but coupons available

Visited March 2013
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Fairfax, VA
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Nice museum”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Enjoyed the museum and train displays. I visited with my granddaughter whose 2 1/2. She really enjoyed going on the caboose & the engine. I liked seeing the all of the toy trains in the museum. My granddaughter just loved the room with a huge assortment of toy trains to play with - from plastic versions to wooden ones & tracks to assemble, etc. I thought her entrance fee was a bit high.

Visited May 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A must do.”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

This is just really a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. So much work went into building the model railroad. You can learn a lot of history here too. We really enjoyed ourselves.

Visited May 2013
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