Guided tour

Bowling Green: Historic RailPark & Train Museum Entry & Tour

Bowling Green: Historic RailPark & Train Museum Entry & Tour

From US$ 16 per person

Stroll through Bowling Green's two-story Historic Railpark and Train Museum. Follow your guide through the golden era of railroading as you discover five train cars dating back to 1911.

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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the landmark Train Depot built in 1925 and learn how the original depot influenced the city in the Civil War
  • Hear stories of the railways and the people involved from knowledgable guides
  • See how mail was delivered by train for nearly 150 years aboard the Railway Post Office
  • Witness the luxury of the L&N presidential train car, built in 1911
Full description
Your experience begins as you pass by five historic train cars to enter the museum through the gift shop. Inside the gift shop, staff and tour guides will be waiting to tell you about the day's tour schedule and assist with anything you may need. The gift shop offers all kinds of train memorabilia, toy trains, puzzles, and anything else a train fan could want, as well as themed activities.  The museum has something for all ages. Vintage equipment and artifacts will stoke the memories of those old enough to have experienced this bygone era in the United States' transportation past. Children will be both entertained and educated by informative, interactive displays. Hear from a real L&N Cook, Pullman Porter, and Conductor. See what life was like for these employees as well as for the travelers.  Stroll through the museum at your own pace until it's time for your guided tour. Your guide will meet you on the first floor of the museum on the same wooden benches used for passengers in the depot since 1925. As you sit inside, hear about the history of the Louisville and Nashville railroad and more. In the next portion of your tour, you'll get to board the train cars, starting in an E8 diesel-electric locomotive. Then you'll move into the Railway Post Office, or RPO car. Next have a seat in the Duncan Hines Dining Car, and find out what meals were like for those eating, cooking, and serving on the trains. See what it was like to travel in first, second, and third class aboard the Towering Pine Sleeper Car. The last stop on your tour is the L&N Presidential Car, the oldest surviving passenger car from the L&N Railroad.
Includes
  • Museum entry
  • 45-minute to 2-hour guided tour
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

After you enter through the gift shop, staff will show you the door where the museum begins. Present your GetYourGuide voucher and you will be assigned the next available tour. Meet your tour guide 5 minutes before your scheduled tour on the first floor of the museum at the wooden benches.

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  While the museum does have an elevator and is accessible, the guided train car tour is not accessible for those with mobility impairments.
  •  The trains in the museum are immobile; there is no riding aspect to the tour.
  •  The museum is closed the following holidays: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
  •  Museum hours differ in the winter season. November-April: closed on Mondays, open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and Sunday 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. May-October: open Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM and Sunday 1:00-4:00 PM.
  • November 1–April 30 scheduled tour times (subject to change, please check upon arrival): Sunday – 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:15 PM; Monday – Closed;
  • Tuesday to Saturday – 11:15 AM, 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:15 PM, 4:15 PM
Customer reviews

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Tour guide was excellent, knowledgeable, trains were interesting, price a little high for what's there

September 4, 2021

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