While driving home from Florida at the beginning of March, 2014 I came across a couple of railroad museums and decided to get off I-75 and have a look. The first I found was the "Heart of Dixie" museum, the official railroad museum of Alabama in Calera.
The museum was closed for the season but it was possible to walk around the grounds. They have some interesting engines and rolling stock in various stages of preservation. The museum is located at Calera, AL 35040 and you can read more about it and see the operating schedule at Heart of Dixie railroad museum. It seems they also have a narrow gauge operating railroad called the Shelby & Southern.
Here are some photos I took around the railroad museum tracks.
The second museum I came across was in New Haven, Kentucky on the way to Maker's Mark distillery on the Bourbon Tour circuit. You can take a 22-mile train ride through the Rolling Fork River Valley. If you want to play Engineer you can do so for $50 USD. The museum has some interesting exhibits including a small model railroad. The museum was open so we could tour the exhibits and the grounds. They have Santa Fe 2546, an F7A built in 1949, L & N 152, built in 1905 and used on the Lebanon Branch (out of service at this time), and Mon 32, a BL-2 built by EMD in 1948. It is one of the seven known to still exist and one of the three in regular service. More information at the Kentucky Railway Museum. Below are some photos around the museum.
While in Nashville on our way to the Third Man Records studio and store, my daughter and I were blocked at a railway crossing for about 20 minutes while a very long CSX train of autoracks rolled by. I managed to snap a few quick shots of the grafitti covered cars as they passed.
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