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“Small but nice”

Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso
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Owner description: History of the Transcontinental Railroads, featuring EP&SW Locomotive No.1, a Classic American steam engine, the oldest (1857) in the West. Exhibits show railroads in time of war along with the tools and posessions of railroad workers. Tour historic train stations. Learn how the Mule Car evolved into the Electric Streetcar. Local/regional history books photos, and videos are available.
Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Small but nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

The museum is centered around the steam locomotive located in the front. Nice to see this level of preservation. Free admission made it that much better. Staff was knowlegdeable and enthusiastic. Good take for families.

Visited March 2013
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15 reviews from our community

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English first
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121 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Small yet packed with information, and Free!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

Parked for free close to El Paso's train station and walked about a block to this free museum, which itself is only a few blocks from the heart of downtown. This museum is centered around it's massive locomotive, and the volunteers who staff the place are very proud of their train. Ask them a question about it, and they know so much and are so passionate, it's hard to get them to stop. But they are well meaning and just want to share their love for the history here. Many well illustrated mini exhibits line the columns holding up the ceiling, and I have to say that the young kids who came in while we were here loved the place. There is a model railroad and a little wooden train set which they can play with. Nice attraction in a nice city.

Visited February 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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107 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Perfect short stop in El Paso”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Great little museum and immaculate No. 1 engine. Easy access from interstate. Docent was very informative.

Visited December 2012
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Level Contributor
18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“military mom”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

small museum - free, donations accepted but no pressure. Staff very well-informed on subject. staff member started fixing a toy train set while we were watching a video - very noisy and distracting (poor judgment) - Otherwise visit was ok and interesting

Visited June 2012
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El Paso, Texas
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693 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
“Tracklife in El Paso”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

This downtown carat in the Hidden Gem of the World had a special shine on the 106th anniversary of the Harvey Girls. Not only were they represented by a committed volunteer force in period costume led by Conductor Prince McKenzie, there was also genuine deserts made from Harvey kitchen recipes! (The recipes are old, the food was fresh!) It was delightful to hear the story of how passengers were given delicious food on such short notice in such short time as was allotted at the Union Station stop. (Telegraph was a key ingredient!) Of the four drinks served, a unique system of indicating who get's exactly what was devised that every Harvey Girl would know, wherever these ambitious young ladies served in the Harvey Houses throughout the line. This fine small museum is only closed on Monday; it is open (1100-1700) Monday-Saturday, (1300-1700) Sunday, and it is FREE! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Visited March 2012
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