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Historic Railpark and Train Museum

Long before interstates, people visiting Bowling Green arrived at the L&N Passenger Depot constructed from Warren County limestone. This 1925 structure has been restored and revived to house a two-story self-guided museum where visitors can learn the history of the tracks by asking questions of a "real Railroader" through interactive galleries. Exhibits highlight the African American experience during segregation, the Civil War and the Railroad, the Business of the Railroad, and showcase items used in the individual railcars.

Housing one of the region's largest model railroad displays inside, outside is where the Historic Railpark currently displays seven restored cars for touring including an E8A Diesel Locomotive, a 1911 L&N Presidential Office Car, a 1949 Pullman Dining Car, a 1953 Luxury Pullman Sleeper and a 1921 Post Office Car. Also on display are a rare Jim Crow Segregation Car, a WWII Hospital Car and a Chessie Class Caboose.

The museum also houses Civil War exhibits on “Lincoln Funeral Train”, “Kentucky Battles of the Civil War”, “Civil War Photos of Matthew Brady”, “The Great Locomotive Chase”, “Civil War in Bowling Green”, and “The General” locomotive replica from the Southern Museum of Locomotive and Civil War History in Kennesaw, GA. Take home engineer’s hats, model trains, toys, apparel and collectibles from their gift shop and be sure to take a few minutes to watch one of the region's largest model train displays set against its historic Bowling Green backdrop.

This attraction was the recipient of a 2015 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for consistently receiving great traveler reviews! The Historic Railpark & Train Museum is also a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association.

Meeting and reception space is available in this beautifully restored historic building. With reception space for 200 people in the Lobby and a caterers' staging area, this is a popular wedding reception venue. For more information, visit the meeting space listing here.

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 1-4pm. Open on Mondays April- September. Closed on major holidays.

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401 Kentucky Street
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101

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