For the safety of our customers, volunteers and staff, Kentucky Railway Museum has chosen to resume limited train excursions beginning Saturday, July 11, 2020. We will operate excursions only on Saturdays at this time, please see our event calendar for departure time. Tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 800-272-0152 or by visiting www.kyrail.org. Please see our entire reopening plan here.
Anyone planning to visit the museum is required to read the plan before visiting. Understand that we will do what is safe and best practices for our customers, volunteers, and staff. While this situation is fluid, we will make changes to our season schedule as needed so please stay tuned. You can follow us at www.kyrail.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for all up to date schedules.
We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our operational plans according to recommendations with medical professionals, members of the tourism industry, and the governor’s office.
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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!
KENTUCKY RAILWAY MUSEUM IS NOT AFRAID OF A LITTLE WINTER WEATHER!
WE TYPICALLY DON’T CANCEL TRAINS DUE TO WEATHER.
WE WANT ALL OUR GUESTS TO REMAIN SAFE ON THEIR TRAVELS. IN THE EVENT THE KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DEEMS TRAVEL UNSAFE OR ALL ROADS LEADING INTO NEW HAVEN ARE CLOSED, THE TRAINS WILL NOT RUN.
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.