Kentucky’s Historic Rail Park

Kentucky’s Historic Rail Park

The Historic Railpark Train Museum is housed in a no longer used train depot. I will say right off the bat that, had I been traveling alone, I would not have gone to this museum, because I’m not that interested in trains. There were a few displays to look at and some video presentations as well. I think the most interesting thing that I learned was that Bisquick was invented for use on railroad cars.

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The second half of our visit consisted of a tour through three railroad cars and a caboose. First was the dining car. They certainly knew how to eat in style – check out this dining service set from the museum:

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But the kitchen was a little less glamorous:

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After the dining car, we proceded to a sleeper car.

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I was impressed with the ingenious use of space. Nearly everything was a multi-purpose item. The seats became beds (see above) and the sinks became vanities:

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I’m not a big fan of small spaces, and it didn’t take long to realize that I wouldn’t have appreciated this mode of travel. Until we got to the Presidential car. That I could have traveled in, as it was much more spacious and luxuriously appointed (at least by comparison).

While trains don’t hold a particular fascination for me, I think this would be an ideal place for train enthusiasts to visit. I did leave with a keen sense of appreciation for the employees and passengers of the railway lines of ages past.

The Historic Rail Park and Train Museum is located at 401 Kentucky St, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Telephone 270-745-7317. The museum is open 9:00 – 5:00, Monday thru Saturday and 1:00 – 4:00 on Sundays. Free parking is available onsite.

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