The Best Railway Museums

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The Long Island Railway Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Long Island’s railroads. While the museum’s permanent building is being constructed, it currently operates out of an interim facility that contains selected displays of its growing collection. It also offers a gift shop with rail-themed merchandise. You can wear a face mask during your visit to the museum.

Collection of more than 100 historic locomotives

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has more than 100 historic locomotives and vintage railroad cars on display. Its collection includes classic woodburners and steam engines as well as sleek electric and diesel locomotives. The museum also hosts hands-on family events, such as train rides. Groups can also get discounts.

The Museum’s rolling stock collection spans the years 1874 to 1950, and includes passenger and freight equipment that reflects important aspects of railroad history. Visitors will learn about the role of refrigerator cars in changing the American diet, the romance of long-distance train travel, and eating on-board. In addition, the Museum has a fleet of seventeen maintenance-of-way cars from 1905 to 1974. These cars include cranes, snowplows, and dynamometer cars.

Excursion train rides

The Whippany Railway Museum in Morris County, New Jersey, offers a fascinating excursion train ride and railway museum. It is located in the Whippany section of Hanover Township. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. Excursions run approximately every half hour.

The museum’s Heritage Railroad Excursions feature vintage cabooses once used to serve the New York Metropolitan and New Jersey area. The train ride takes the visitor through the towns of Whippany, East Hanover, Livingston, and Roseland. It also takes them through Glacial Lake Passaic, a swamp that is home to abundant wildlife. There is even an opportunity to ride a 1930s-era Blue Comet passenger train.

Model railroads

A railway museum’s model railroads are not just for kids. They are a great way for everyone to learn about different railroading techniques and get a glimpse into the past. One model railroad is a New England railroad, and is over 1000 square feet in size. It includes a turntable, roundhouse, and extensive classification yard. It also has scenes depicting different industries.

Children will love the model trains, as they include moving parts and elements that can be operated with a push of a button. They will also be delighted to see recognizable elements of the city, such as street signs for the NJ Turnpike and NJIT.

Travel ephemera

The Railway museum holds an extensive collection of travel ephemera. One collection of this type is a collection of timetables. The collection is part of the Forsythe Collection, a collection of railway and transport ephemera owned by Robert and Fiona Forsythe. The collection is divided into three parts, with the largest element of the collection housed at the National Railway Museum in York.

The collection of travel ephemera is vast, ranging from advertisements and brochures to maps and unsorted magazines. The collection includes travel-themed items that show changes in society over the years.