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Arizona Railway Museum Chandler

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Arizona Railway Museum
330 E. Ryan Road
Chandler
AZ
85286
Tel: 480 821 1108

Where are we going today?

If you are CHOOsing where you go for your next family day out, and LOVE locomotives, then you might want to head to the Arizona Railway Museum.

The focus of the museum is to preserve, restore and display amazing artifacts and equipment that depict the history of the railroad within Arizona, as well as the Southwest.

When you arrive, you are welcome to take a self-guided your around the yard. It's here that you can see some pretty amazing examples of vintage locomotives! When you head inside, you will see smaller artifacts that all showcase the amazing history, 

Have you ever set foot on a historic locomotive? Now is your chance! They give you the opportunity to take a walk through passenger cars and caboose, so you can see what it would have been like actually traveling on one.

They often have at least four passenger cars and a caboose on display. 

The displays rotate, so there will always be something new to see across the year. Kids - as you walk around the collection, think about the stories that the locomotives hold. Who were the conductors? Who were the passengers?

The Arizona Railway Museum hold some pretty amazing events across the year too, so keep an eye out for them! These range from National Trail Day, to Dinner in the Diner and the Chuck Wagon Cook Off!

A fascinating look into a mode of transport that transformed travel across the world!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree entry. Display car visit $2
  • ChildrenSame as adult.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

12pm - 4pm weekends only

Open September to May. Closed over summer.

Teachers corner

Tours are available for only $2 per person or $50 per bus. These are on a limited basis as they are run by volunteers. Email their tour coordinator to arrange. .

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places to enjoy food in the nearby area! Grab something before or after your visit .

Healthy Eating!

Why not take some bottled water with you to stay hydrated. .

Any Top Tips?

You can have a birthday party in a caboose car! There is plenty of room, and you can enjoy a party with a difference!.

Doing our bit

They are dedicated to really collecting, and preserving these vintage items so their stories can continue to be told. The museum is also run by volunteers so they really love what they do, and give their time.

Need a little extra help?

The museum cars are not designed for wheelchairs, so be prepared to climb stairs if you want to actually go into the car. The yard is open air, and has crushed rock on the surface..

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop indoors, so take that pocket money and pick up some historic, fun and educational related gifts and items.

More information

Check out some great events across the year, including Chuck Wagon Cook offs and Dinner in the Diner!.

What people are saying?

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    Things have changed there a little bit. They used to let you go through lots of different cars and climb on the equipment but they have stopped that. They now give you a 5-10 min tour of some old train cars but after that, you have to look, not climb, on the the other cars. They do have a locomotive that they have built stairs up to so you can climb on that, but just about everything else is off limits. Kids want to climb, not just look, so this is why I only consider this an okay place. Zak in the other review must think that playgrounds have real...Read More

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    Great day at the museum yesterday. Most of the cars were open and available for viewing. Great job getting it all ready. Family had a wonderful time.

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    I visited recently and greatly enjoyed the visit. The cars they had open were in excellent condition, though a little hot. The other equipment on display had placards explaining the history. There's a nice collection of railroad artifacts in their building. Xandish down there said in his review he was asked to leave after allowing his 7 year old to climb all over the equipment, but I can't figure out what he expected. There are signs everywhere asking you not to climb on the equipment, which is entirely understandable considering how dangerous it...Read More

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by Xandish Steves

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Things have changed there a little bit. They used to let you go through lots of different cars and climb on the equipment but they have stopped that. They now give you a 5-10 min tour of some old train cars but after that, you have to look, not climb, on the the other cars. They do have a locomotive that they have built stairs up to so you can climb on that, but just about everything else is off limits. Kids want to climb, not just look, so this is why I only consider this an okay place. Zak in the other review must think that playgrounds have real train cars and that there are many other options. Little boys don't just want to look but want to climb on trains. Give me a waiver and let's us touch the equipment. Me and my 7 yr old boy was climbing on some cars and a young, overweight staff member threatened to fight me. I threatened to call the police and then left. This is some old guys hobby. We won't be back. Ever.

by Zak Lybrand

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I visited recently and greatly enjoyed the visit. The cars they had open were in excellent condition, though a little hot. The other equipment on display had placards explaining the history. There's a nice collection of railroad artifacts in their building. Xandish down there said in his review he was asked to leave after allowing his 7 year old to climb all over the equipment, but I can't figure out what he expected. There are signs everywhere asking you not to climb on the equipment, which is entirely understandable considering how dangerous it is and how quickly blame is shifted for one's own stupidity. If you're a rail fan or just interested in the history of railroading in AZ, this is a good museum. If you're looking for a playground, go elsewhere.

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