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Tennessee tourist railroads you must visit

By | March 30, 2023

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Engineer and fireman on steam locomotive
Engineer and fireman on steam locomotive
Legendary engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones at the throttle of Illinois Central 2-8-0 No. 638. The Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum in Jackson is one of many Tennessee tourist railroads you must visit! Robert Ward, C. B. Gurner collection

Tennessee tourist railroads you must visit include restored depots to the home of the most famous engineer and everything in between. Here’s our list of must-see tourist railroads, museums, and displays — for almost every region in Tennessee.

Amqui Station & Visitor Center

A former Louisville & Nashville Railroad combination depot and tower once owned by singer Johnny Cash is now restored, serving as a historic museum and a part of the Madison Visitors Center. This unique structure contains railroad memorabilia and exhibits related to country music. Museum tours are available by request only.
Location: 303 Madison Station Boulevard, Madison
Phone: 615-891-1154
Website: amquistation.org
E-mail: execdirector@amquistation.org

Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum

At Casey Jones Village, you can learn about the life and legend of this famous engineer by touring his family home and a replica of No. 382, Casey’s engine. The museum contains related displays and artifacts as well as those of Jackson’s railroad history. It is open daily.
Location: 30 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson
Phone: 731-668-1222
Website: caseyjones.com/museum/
E-mail: Form on website

Cookeville Depot Museum

The railroad museum is housed in a 1909 Tennessee Central Railway depot and contains changing displays of railway artifacts and photos highlighting local railroad history. A Tennessee Central locomotive, tender, and caboose are on static display outdoors. It is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: 116 West Broad Street, Cookeville
Phone: 931-528-8570
Website: cookevilledepot.com
E-mail: depot@cookeville-tn.gov

Cowan Railroad Museum

Featured in this century-old depot are displays, photographs, and artifacts relating to Cowan and the railroads around the city. Led by a 1920 Porter locomotive, a complete train is displayed next to the museum. Also on display are a GE diesel switcher and several motor cars. It is open Thursday through Sunday, May through October.
Location: 108 Front Street, Cowan
Phone: 931-967-3078
Website: cowanrailroadmuseum.org
E-mail: president@cowanrailroadmuseum.org

Little River Railroad Museum

The museum holds a number of tools, artifacts, and photographs dedicated to the Little River Railroad and the lumber company it served. It displays a restored 1909 Shay locomotive, several pieces of rolling stock, logging equipment, and a water tower. The museum is open May through October, Monday to Saturday, and weekends only in April and November. In December and March, the museum is closed.
Location: 7747 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend
Phone: 865-661-0170
Website: littleriverrailroad.org
E-mail: littleriverrailroadmuseum@gmail.com

Monterey Depot Museum

The museum, a replica of the town’s earlier Tennessee Central depot, preserves transportation-related items, which include artifacts from the Tennessee Central and other railroads that operated in the area, and features other exhibits. The museum is open daily.
Location: 101 East Depot Street, Monterey
Phone: 931-839-2111
Website: exploremontereytn.com
E-mail: depotadm@montereydepot.net

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