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Arkansas Railroad Museum, Pine Bluff

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Arkansas Railroad Museum is located on Port Road in Pine Bluff, Arkansas at the former Cotton Belt (SSW) yard.

The former SSW shops are occupied by the historic collection of railroad equipment. This museum is about an hour's drive from Little Rock, AR, and is one of the largest displays of historic railroad equipment in Arkansas. The Museum is operated by the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society and local volunteers. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM and on Sunday afternoon by appointment.
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  • This museum has quite a few train engines and cars. They also house the cotton belt 819 legendary steam engine. It's a free museum but you can donate to them. It's worth donating. They also have old....  more
    This museum has quite a few train engines and cars. They also house the cotton belt 819 legendary steam engine. It's a free museum but you can donate to them. It's worth donating. They also have old....  more »
  • This Railroad Museum is well stocked with interesting artifacts and various train cars. The volunteer was very knowledgeable and interesting as he had firsthand experience from decades ago. I highly.....  more
    This Railroad Museum is well stocked with interesting artifacts and various train cars. The volunteer was very knowledgeable and interesting as he had firsthand experience from decades ago. I highly.....  more »
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  • Trains have always been a very big interest of mine, while in Arkansas I found out that this museum was in existence and had to make it a point to stop by and take a look. Let me tell you right off the bat this is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The pictures that you see online due little justice to show you the scale of this wonderful place. Upon entering the building I was awestruck at the sheer size of the collection here. Immediately I got really excited to get in there and take look around. I headed towards the back end of the building wanting to see 819 a monstrous old-school steam loco. After hoping aboard and taking a look around my mind started filling with questions and that was when John came up. John is hands down one of the nicest, most knowledgeable gentlemen I have ever had the privilege to talk to. I started hitting him with a flurry of questions and noticed that he had the biggest grin on his face as we are both are "train-heads." He hung out with my Dad and I for over an hour and a half showing us around and sharing his knowledge base and making this a fantastic experience. John also took us over to the switch operations terminal, the terminal was something amazing to see and feel, the switch terminal controlled the lines from Missouri all the way to Texarkana and was made even better when John told us all about how it worked. Besides the trains they have an enormous collection of railway memorabilia everything from lights, bells, horns, pins, outfits, vests and so much more. And, if you are nerd for Lionel train sets this place will be right up your alley! The space is very well maintained and you can feel its history. I have been to lots of museums in my life but, this one hit differently, you can feel the American ingenuity and the importance this place played in the history of this area. I cannot recommend a place more strongly than the Arkansas Railroad Museum. If you can't make it down here I would strongly advise that you toss this museum a donation on there website they deserve every penny as the restoration work they are completing is necessary for our history so future generations can see these wonderful time pieces. And, to you John- Thank you! Thank you for being hospitable, thank you for spending all that time with my Dad and I, thank you for being into trains as much as I am, and Thank you for being a great person! I hope to see you again very soon!
  • I would gladly have paid to see this place. The history of the building alone is cool. Being able to touch and feel and climb through the cars and engines made it amazing . Highly recommend for anyone with mechanical inclination or just the kid at heart who loves trains

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