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ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Kentucky Railway Museum owes its beginning to a small number of rail enthusiasts who formed a local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 1948. In the early 1950s, the Chapter asked the Louisville and Nashville Railroad for the donation of a steam locomotive to form the nucleus of a railway museum.
The museum was officially chartered in 1954, and with the donation of steam locomotive #152, we leased six acres of land on River Road and opened to the public on Memorial Day 1958. The museum grew with the addition of other donated rail equipment and artifacts, with over 100,000 visitors coming through the gates by the early 1960s. Over 200,000 people came to the River Road site in the first 10 years of operation!
The Kentucky Railway Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the purpose of education of the public regarding the history and heritage of Kentucky’s railroads and the people who built them through the acquisition, restoration, preservation, display, and operation of the rail equipment and artifacts.