Grab those conductor hats kids, because we're off to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum to enjoy a day surrounded by incredibly railroad history AND real locomotives too!
The museum features operating both standard gauge and narrow gauge trains, as well as two restored depots, an indoor collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, AND an outdoor collection of railroad cars, locomotives, and cabooses - phew!
The rolling stock and equipment collection contains pieces that date to all the way back to as early as 1890, right through to 2005, so you really are taken back through the history books.
Kids can see ordinary pieces such as cabooses, to the unique including club cars, passenger coaches and a rare domed observation car!
There are Steam Locomotives, as well as Diesel, and Freight, and of course Passenger cars. Then you have those two restored railroad depots that were moved from their original locations in Calera, Alabama.
Then of course, you have the train rides (and what would a visit to a railroad museum be without one!) The themed rides are always fun for kids, like the Cottontail Express, Day Out With Thomas, and Superhero Express. Don't miss the special occasion rides too, from the Fathers Day and Mothers Day, to the fun Pumpkin Patch Express and Santa Special!
Choo Choo! The train is about to depart kids, so let's all jump aboard for this day of locomotive fun and history at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum!
Museum is free admission, & donations appreciated. Train rides from $14
Same as adult, except train rides from $10
There are no working restrooms on our vintage railcars. Please use the restroom at the Gift Shop prior to boarding.
Let them supply the setting for your next railroad themed party in their dedicated party railcar and 10 tickets for either the 11am or 2pm train ride Saturdays. The train takes you through the beautiful country side of Shelby County and lasts approximately an hour!
They offer snacks, soft drinks, & bottled water in the gift store
To reach the museum, take I-65 to Calera Exit 228, go 0.6 miles south on Alabama Highway 25, and turn left on Ninth Street. Travel two blocks on Ninth Street and you'll see the museum on both sides of the road! We are located at 1919 Ninth Street in Calera.
Gift Shop offers a large variety of railroad related gifts, & souvenirs, including railroad shirts, hats, coffee mugs, train whistles, children's books, pins, posters and SO much more!
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum welcomes those who may need special accommodations during their visit. They can offer wheelchair lifts for the trains. Not all coaches are accessible but we do provide accessible seating in the Long Island Car and one of the Open Air Cars.
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9am- 2pm Tuesday to Saturday. Train schedule varies so check online
Open mid-March to mid-December
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