Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah

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The Georgia State Railroad Museum (formerly the Roundhouse Railroad Museum) is a museum in Savannah, Georgia located at a historic Central of Georgia Railway site. It includes parts of the Central of Georgia Railway: Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities National Historic Landmark District. The complex is considered the most complete antebellum railroad complex in the United States. The museum, located at 655 Louisville Road, is part of a historic district included in the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum is across the street from the Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed, also part of the historic district. The complex was constructed in 1853 by the Central of Georgia Railway (CofG) before the outbreak of the American Civil War. Savannah Shops and terminal buildings were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976, a listing which was expanded in 1978 to include additional buildings in the complex.
The historic railroad structures at the Georgia State Railroad Museum site include a partial roundhouse with operating turntable, partial machine shop, Tender Frame Shop, Blacksmith Shop, Boiler House, Storehouse & Print Shop, Lumber and Planning Sheds, Coach and Paint Shops, and a partial Carpentry Shop which now houses Savannah Children's Museum. Many of these structures are open for visitors to explore.

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  • As a railroader, I appreciate the history of the industry. The museum and working shop , switching demo, tour, steam engine explanation and model train areas were neat. The employees were...  more »
  • Interesting to see the old shops and turntable of Central of Georgia. The most amazing thing, this facility was built in 1852, and was in service during the Civil War! Good walking tour with marked.....  more »
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  • Right price for what there is to see. This is a great small, interesting museum. They have a cute little store which I really enjoyed looking through. 👇🏼Learn from my mistakes by reviewing my tips👇🏼: - I wouldn’t take small, temperamental children. And especially not on a hot summer day. - Be aware that there is a schedule for touring the different train cars, so get there early or there won’t be much to enjoy - Consider an adult-only stroll through so you can really enjoy it. :) - Check our the passes available to you because there are 3 day pass options and others I can’t recall. - If going with kids coordinate your visit with open hours of the children’s “museum” as well. I didn’t do my research for the long day trip here. And as a result I didn’t really enjoy my visit with my temperamental 3 year old. I personally feel like 98% of this museum is most interesting to adults, but with a little planning it could’ve been more enjoyable. 🤷‍♀️
  • One of the best train museums I've been to in a very long time. They offer a combo package where you could see up to three different sites over multiple days. They have activities for kids, lots of trains for adults and older kids and of course a lot of history to help educate you on the train history of Savannah. Some train museums have one or two trains but this train museum has a lot of trains and is currently expanding to offer even. They are currently renovating buildings, restoring trains and building new activities to enjoy.

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