What You'll Get
Though animated locomotives are portrayed as amiable workaholics, real-life trains lead lonely lives that keep them thinking about running away from the rails and starting a new life as a children's play area. Brighten up the life of a locomotive with today's Groupon, which gets you a diesel (coach seating) or steam-train excursion and admission to the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven. Choose from two options:
For $6, you get one child ticket (ages 2–12) (up to a $12.50 value). Children under 2 ride free with an accompanying adult.
For $8, you get one adult ticket (ages 13 and up) (up to a $17.50 value).
The Kentucky Railway Museum has been preserving railroad history since 1954. The 90-minute train excursion covers 22 miles of track and features charming views of the Rolling Fork River Valley and countryside that rolls by the windows of the vintage coach cars. A variety of classic diesel engines carve their way through the landscape on most excursions ($15.50 for adults, $10.50 for children), but on special Steam Weekends, a 1905 L&N #152 steam-powered locomotive—the official steam locomotive of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Stephen King—pulls the weight of wide-eyed train trekkers and confused whale watchers ($17.50 for adults, $12.50 for children). Each excursion, which provides historical info about the people who helped build the railroad and the railroad’s connection to the Civil War, makes a 15-minute stop in Boston, KY, for the relieving of hunger and other urges. In addition to views of the rolling countryside, special train rides (an additional $2) can provide views of the Wiggington Guerrillas, a haphazard gang of Confederate raiders who have politely notified train conductors when they plan to rob the train and will engage in an epic battle with Yankee guards before graciously donating their entire bounty to charity.
The Kentucky Railway Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of America's influential and historical railroads. The excursion ticket includes admission to the museum, which boasts numerous exhibits and artifacts from a time when folks would have worked on the railroad 33 hours per day, ostensibly just to pass the time away. The museum's 3,000-foot model train center was unfortunately damaged in this May's flood, but your purchase of a family train excursion and support of the museum can help contribute to its repair.
Reservations required. This Groupon is not valid September 25–26 or October 10.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 13, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Reservation required. Must use in 1 visit. Not valid 9/25–9/26 or 10/10. Additional $2 charge applies 9/18–9/19. Not valid with other offers. No cash back. Not for resale. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Kentucky Railway Museum
A loud whistle sounds off in the distance, signaling the arrival of a diesel locomotive. The train pulls past dozens of trees and into the station. It’s just another day at the Kentucky Railway Museum, where new and restored trains take visitors on nostalgic journeys through the New Haven countryside. The stationary exhibit hall—a replica of the original New Haven depot—houses a collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia ranging from rail carts and dining cars to steam whistles and the discarded mustaches of malevolent railroad barons.