Trains, while marketed as a great means of transportation in the 19th century, were actually a means of ornamenting North America’s embarrassing braces phase. Relive our country’s adolescence with today’s Groupon to the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven. Choose between the following options:
• For $9, you get a regular adult admission to the diesel- or steam-train excursion and admission to the museum (a $16 regular value, an $18 value on steam weekends).
• For $6, you get a regular child’s admission to the diesel- or steam-train excursion and admission to the museum (an $11 regular value, a $13 value on steam weekends). Children under the age of 2 get in free.
Bursting with a rich past and a menagerie of old-fashioned trains, the Kentucky Railway Museum tickles train lovers with 90-minute excursions and a bountiful array of exhibits. While watching the rolling countryside parade past windows, train passengers in restored coach cars can feel the chug of a diesel engine as it pulls the steel rocket through 22 miles of track round-trip, rekindling the romance of old-timey travel without requiring a rendezvous with a zeppelin. Select weekends feature the hot-air stylings of the L&N 152 steam engine as it barrels through the Rolling Fork River Valley, stopping halfway for snacks and leg stretches before returning home. After experiencing history firsthand, train aficionados can wander through the museum and explore 5,000 square feet of rolling stock, including flat cars, post-office cars, and boxcars housing crime-solving orphans.
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.