Imagine my confusion when we were unable to enter the Southeastern Railway Museum because of a train.
We arrived to this sight. A line of cars and a double decker freight sitting completely still. I called the museum and she assured me it would be moving momentarily, and she was right. We were in within moments. So don’t panic and fret you’ve driven across town for nothing. Funny thing about train museums. It’s most convenient to locate them next to train tracks.
The museum was established in 1970 and is a must-do for anyone who has a train-crazy kid. We happened to attend the weekend of their annual three-day Trains, Trucks & Tractors event. We went on Friday and not all of the extra exhibits had arrived, but there were several antique tractors and this amazing Radio Flyer contraption.
While I was primarily interested in visiting on behalf of my four-year-old, I found myself enjoying the visit much more than I expected. It was fun to walk through the old train cars including a mail car and a Pullman coach. There are also vintage and antique buses and taxis. Some of the trains are outside, but many of the vehicles are displayed inside the large warehouse.
Pro tip: We were there in August and it was HOT. Not surprising for the outside displays, but the warehouse was pretty warm too. Unsurprisingly, walking through the train cars–also warm. As in dripping sweat. Unless you are completely unfazed by heat, I highly recommend visiting on a cool day. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids. Train rides are separate.
The gift shop and one memorabilia exhibit are air-conditioned if you need to cool off.
The musuem’s annual car show, Classics at the Crossing, is coming up on September 24, 2016.
The museum is located at 3595 Buford Highway in Duluth.