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Cowan Railroad Museum, Cowan

#100 of 168 in Historic Sites in Tennessee
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
Cowan Railroad Museum is Open to the public May 1 through October 31. Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 - 4 pm.

This is a wonderful little museum nestled at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains that warrants your visit. Outdoor prototype equipment (in Railroad Park) includes a 1920 Porter Engine, L&N Flatbed, NC&StL Caboose, and NC&StL GE 44-ton diesel locomotive.

Indoor displays cover railroading though the years. The Cowan Mountain Tunnel, built between 1849 and 1982 is represented in photos and a 30 minute video. Sorry, but there is no public access to the tunnel, as it is still in use by CSX as an active mainline.

You will truly be amazed at what you will find in Cowan.
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  • Loved watching my daddy enjoy himself here. He was like a kid again!! It certainly brought smiles and tears to my face. Memories that will always be in my heart.  more »
  • We pulled into this place and were greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff not just about the railroad but also about the town and surrounding area. It was very well laid out and we enjoyed the...  more »
  • The very friendly volunteer staffing the museum was happy to talk to us about the railroad history and town. It was cool to learn about the area in its hay day and how the railroad worked. It's just a room with photos and blurbs plus a room with a working model train going through a model of the town but it's only $2 entry. Cash only!
  • Pretty fun little museum. The people working there were very friendly and it’s only 2 dollars. Definitely worth a quick visit if you’re traveling through the town.

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