Explore Vintage Rail Cars in Bowling Green

Explore Vintage Rail Cars in Bowling Green

796 E-8 Locomotive

While driving to my first housesitting job in Nashville, I gave myself time to explore along the way. After visiting the Corvette Museum, I decided to take a quick visit to the Historic Rail Yard and Train Museum about 8 miles away.

Historic Rail Yard and Train Museum in Bowling Green

The Historic Rail Yard and Train Museum is housed in the former L&N Railroad station, a 20th century colonial revival building. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 18, 1979.

model railroad

The Train Museum offers historical exhibits, a model railroad and vintage car tours.

Ticket prices include admission to the museum (self-guided) and a guided rail car tour. Adults are $16, Seniors are $14, Children 5 – 12 are $10 and children 4 and under are free. Tickets are half price if you want to see the museum only. The museum is handicap accessible, however the vintage rail cars are not due to their construction and age.

L&N Caboose at Historic Rail Yard and Train Museum

Behind the museum sit the various train cars included on the tour, however you can walk around the outside and take pictures at no charge. The railcars included in their guided tour are a E-8 Diesel Locomotive, Railway Post Office Car, Duncan Hines Dining Car, Towering Pines Sleeper Car, and an L&N Presidential Car. Also on display are an L&N Caboose, WWII Hospital Car and L&N #109 “Jim Crow” Car.

Historic Rail Yard and Train Museum gift shop

The museum also has an extensive gift shop and inside the gift shop, before you enter the museum, there is a large model railroad on display.

As I had limited time, my focus was on Christmas shopping for my brother, an avid train enthusiast. The train outside was great for photos as was the model railroad inside. When there is more time, the museum is a must see accompanied by the vintage railcar tour of course.

During the holiday season, the museum offers special events. This year they have the Polar Express story time in the Duncan Hines Dining Car and visits with Santa. See the website for details.

Historic Rail Park & Train Museum
401 Kentucky St, Bowling Green
May 1st – October 31st: Open 7 days a week
November 1st – April 30th: Closed on Mondays

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