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Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera

#51 of 129 in Museums in Alabama
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (initialised HOD, reporting mark HODX) is the official state railroad museum of Alabama. Dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historically significant railway equipment, the museum is located at 1919 Ninth Street, Calera, Alabama, on I-65 approximately 30 miles (48 km) south of Birmingham.
The museum features a wide range of locomotives, cars and other railroad equipment that dates from the 19th century to the 1950s and operates regularly scheduled excursions with museum equipment over the museum’s track. It also features two depots that are approximately 100 years old.

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  • We went on a Saturday afternoon. First train ride for my 4 year old. Tickets were easy to get. We looked around at all the old trains. The big black engine has stairs u can climb and u can blow the...  more »
  • It’s an hour and half excursion. 20-30 minutes each way, and then about an hour at the pumpkin “patch.” I took younger kids, and they enjoyed the train ride and the activities. I doubt kids much...  more »
  • Was a fun stop along our travels. The kids loved seeing all the trains and it was great to stretch our legs. The giftshop also had some cute finds!
  • It was an awesome experience not only for us but our grandchildren as well. We were able to ride on our choice of an open air experience or an air conditioned passenger car. The conductors, brakemen, and engineer were friendly and eager to answer any questions our grandchildren had. They even told us about the different special train experiences and events they have. Definitely a return trip in the future!

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