There isn’t any aspect of American history or growth more important than Railroads. Railroads have seen Americans through the addition of nearly every state, promoted a unified nation, aided us in times of war and allowed people to travel unlike ever before. Unfortunately the era of America’s love of rail travel ended in the 1950’s as a result of the automobile’s versatility and convenience, but now, thanks to the Kentucky Railway Museum, it is possible to experience it again.
Aided by a Louisville and Nashville steam locomotive, #152, and a diesel locomotive the Kentucky Railway Museum offers a one hour trip that may only cover 20 miles of track, but spans the very essence of time itself. From the “hoot” of the whistle and the “chug” of the engine, to the beautiful scenery, and accommodations of original Pullman passenger cars, (built between 1928 and 1935) this ride is a one of a kind experience.
The L&N engine #152 is the crown jewel of the museum. The engine was built in 1905 and carried passengers through central Kentucky until its retirement. Now back in service as the only working steam locomotive in Kentucky, the “152” is offering an entirely new generation of passengers its services.
The Kentucky Railway Museum is open daily and located at the New Haven depot in New Haven, KY near Bardstown. The train ride offers a scenic trip through the historic Rolling Fork River Valley from New Haven to Boston and back. Steam engine trips and dinner trips are available on select dates, so be sure to check with the museum before scheduling your trip. The Museum also offers many interesting attractions in addition to train rides including: An entire building dedicated to the exhibit of model and toy trains, an in-depth look at the history of railroads, several pieces of railroad equipment, and cars from past and present.
The Kentucky Railway Museum hosts many special events throughout the year. Travel directions, maps, schedules, and fares can be found on the Museum’s web site at http://www.kyrail.org.
By Chad Hembree
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