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Arkansas Railroad Museum

1700 Port Rd, Pine Bluff, AR 71601-4663
+1 870-535-8819
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A great place to visit

If you like trains this is a great place. you can see everything from climbing into the old cars... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barbara A
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Fort Pierce, Florida
My husband was a kid

This is a nice, small museum. There are several trains and engines. My husband had a blast. You... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
widgetc01
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Monticello, Arkansas
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The Arkansas Railroad Museum exhibits the history of railroading in Arkansas with a special emphasis on the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, more commonly known as the Cotton Belt Railroad. Housed in the Cotton Belt Backshop building, featuring Cotton Belt steam locomotive 819, which was built in this very building in 1942, the last steam locomotive built in Arkansas. Exhibits also include cabooses (cabeese?), passenger cars, freight cars, diesel locomotives, and a large collection of smaller artifacts of railroad history including timetables, tools, telegraph equipment, pictures, and much more. We are open 9 AM to 2 PM Monday through Saturday, but please call ahead if you are bringing a large group or arriving late, we can often accommodate special requests.
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“all ages” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1700 Port Rd, Pine Bluff, AR 71601-4663
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like trains this is a great place. you can see everything from climbing into the old cars, explaining the engine as well as toy trains. It shows the inner workings of the cotton line.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice, small museum. There are several trains and engines. My husband had a blast. You can see the museum is run by a small group of people who care about these things. It is a nice way to spend a half a...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

This all-volunteer run museum is housed in an old railroad shop. There are 8-10 cars of various ages that you can climb up and walk thru, a couple of steam engines wanting to be rebuilt, and a ginormous snow plow. There are also a couple...More

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RobertLonghofer, Manager at Arkansas Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for your visit, glad to have you!

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

The railroad museum is housed in a 1894 railroad shop. You can still see the overhead cranes and a transfertable out back. They have a nice collection of railroad cars and locomotives and 2 steam locomotives. One of the locomotives was built in the same...More

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RobertLonghofer, Manager at Arkansas Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2017

Thank you for your visit!

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

I have been to the museum several times most of those with students. The kids loved the trains and the information they heard while there. It is very neat to see the old models and be able to board them and look around.

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RobertLonghofer, Manager at Arkansas Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2017

We're happy that you can come and bring your students to enjoy our place! We hope you can bring them for many years to come!

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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

This place was very interesting and we learned a little bit of history we would recommend that you visit if you like to learn more about the history

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RobertLonghofer, Manager at Arkansas Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2017

Thank you for your visit and kind words!

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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

My family and I come to this museum every few months. Everything is great except that they never ever have the model trains running!!! It's like the most entertaining part for my children. Everyone is nice but what is the point in having the model...More

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RobertLonghofer, Manager at Arkansas Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2017

We try not to run the model trains unless someone is watching. They suffer a lot of wear and tear. Some volunteers are more proactive in starting the models then others. If you ask one of the staff we can generally start them up for...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

This is a great museum that is local, state and national history of the train era. The cars and engines are able to walk around. In April they host a great festival.

Thank Linda G
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RobertLonghofer, Manager at Arkansas Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2017

We can help all ages be a kid again, with our exhibits! Thank you for your time!! We hope to see everyone in April!

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Reviewed 22 April 2017

When we got to the old building we were not sure what to expect. It kind of did not show the trains at all. A very knowledgeable older lady walked us through the room with a lot of memorabilia and information about it. Then there...More

Thank Vickie S
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RobertLonghofer, Manager at Arkansas Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2017

It's quite a hidden treasure for sure, and our historic building can hide quite a bit! We're glad you were able to get inside to see our hidden treasures!

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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Although we've lived in Pine Bluff for about 30 years, we'd never been to the Railroad Museum. We took the grandchildren and their parents and were very impressed. Everyone has a good time. The kids loved climbing in and through the trains on display, and...More

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RobertLonghofer, Manager at Arkansas Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2017

We think it's a treasure too, and our unique building is our treasure chest!! See you again soon!

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Robientn
20 April 2016|
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Response from RobertLonghofer | Property representative |
2 - 4 hours would be normal for a casual visitor.
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Robientn
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Response from RobertLonghofer | Property representative |
9 AM to 2 PM Monday through Saturday, but we can be open by appointment with advance notice, call during museum hours and we will do our best.
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Tikel D
27 February 2016|
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Response from RobertLonghofer | Property representative |
we are open Monday through Saturday 9 AM through 2 PM, that is the only times the phones are normally answered. If you have a special request please call and we will try to accommodate!
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