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#21 Eric S

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:56 AM

 

BTW, has anyone ever gone to the railroad museum in East Troy, WI(southwest of Milwaukee)? I've always heard a lot about that railroad museum, but had never visited that one. How does it compare, vs. the Illinois Railway Museum? It their railcar collection smaller vs. the IL museum? That wouldn't bother me, if they were smaller vs. the IL museum. I just would like to finally get there, one of these days. Reviews seem decent, from when I skimmed over their Google and Yelp reviews.

 

 

Yes, I've been to East Troy a couple times, most recently about a year ago. Unfortunately I have never made it out to Union so I cannot compare it with the Illinois Railway Museum, although I understand Union is far larger with a much more extensive collection. For me at least, the primary appeal of East Troy is less the museum and more the operating interurban equipment. I'm not sure if there are days when the museum is open without running their interurban trains, but if so, I'd suggest trying to avoid those days - not sure it'd be worth the visit simply to see the museum.



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:57 AM

How does it compare, vs. the Illinois Railway Museum? It their railcar collection smaller vs. the IL museum? That wouldn't bother me, if they were smaller vs. the IL museum. I just would like to finally get there, one of these days. Reviews seem decent, from when I skimmed over their Google and Yelp reviews.


Well seeing as IRM is the largest railroad museum in the US, all other railroad museums are going to be smaller.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 09:35 AM

Railroad Museum of Long Island in Riverhead NY has a small unique collection of old LIRR rolling stock, including an example of its first attempt at a double decker car - sort of. Reachable by LIRR Greenport Line Riverhead station.

 

New York Transit Museum in the former Court Street station in Boerum Place in Brooklyn NY is the best transit museum in the country IMHO, reachable easily by Subway Court Street Borough Hall or Jay Street Metro Tech stations.



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:34 AM

 

How does it compare, vs. the Illinois Railway Museum? It their railcar collection smaller vs. the IL museum? That wouldn't bother me, if they were smaller vs. the IL museum. I just would like to finally get there, one of these days. Reviews seem decent, from when I skimmed over their Google and Yelp reviews.


Well seeing as IRM is the largest railroad museum in the US, all other railroad museums are going to be smaller.

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I didn't know that IRM was THE largest railroad museum in the US, myself. Interesting to learn.

 

 

 

 

BTW, has anyone ever gone to the railroad museum in East Troy, WI(southwest of Milwaukee)? I've always heard a lot about that railroad museum, but had never visited that one. How does it compare, vs. the Illinois Railway Museum? It their railcar collection smaller vs. the IL museum? That wouldn't bother me, if they were smaller vs. the IL museum. I just would like to finally get there, one of these days. Reviews seem decent, from when I skimmed over their Google and Yelp reviews.

 

 

Yes, I've been to East Troy a couple times, most recently about a year ago. Unfortunately I have never made it out to Union so I cannot compare it with the Illinois Railway Museum, although I understand Union is far larger with a much more extensive collection. For me at least, the primary appeal of East Troy is less the museum and more the operating interurban equipment. I'm not sure if there are days when the museum is open without running their interurban trains, but if so, I'd suggest trying to avoid those days - not sure it'd be worth the visit simply to see the museum.

 

It actually wouldn't bother me, if I visited the East Troy museum on a day they were running the interurban trains to nearby Mukwongo. And lol, at those in Mukwongo who complain about the train horns of those interurban trains! At least in one Google review, I really saw that! I'd only ride the interurban train if I had extra time, and would be okay only seeing the museum myself.

 

 

Railroad Museum of Long Island in Riverhead NY has a small unique collection of old LIRR rolling stock, including an example of its first attempt at a double decker car - sort of. Reachable by LIRR Greenport Line Riverhead station.

 

New York Transit Museum in the former Court Street station in Boerum Place in Brooklyn NY is the best transit museum in the country IMHO, reachable easily by Subway Court Street Borough Hall or Jay Street Metro Tech stations.

Looking back to my two NYC trips, I often wonder myself if I should've tried harder to visit the NY Transit Museum? It was one of those goals of places to visit/things to do in NYC that I sadly didn't quite accomplish, along with also riding the 6 subway train past the southern end of that line just so I could see the former City Hall subway station.



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 09:07 AM

The NYC Transit Museum web site will occasionally post fan trips that let you into the City Hall station...
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Posted 16 June 2017 - 05:57 PM

Has anyone visited the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Ga.? I'm spending about a month in Atlanta this summer and considering checking it out.

I stated volunteering there in 1992 when it was at its original 12 acre location. In 2002 I moved to NC long after the museum had moved to a new location on the opposite side of the NS main line a mile or so north to a former privately owned railcar maintenance facility. I continue to volunteer periodically when I have a chance and some free time on visits to my 6 y/o grandson and his parents (who don't count when you have a train-nut 6 y/o grandson).

 

It is virtually all volunteer run. As far as I know, the only paid people were the front gate admission people but that may have changed (to them not being paid).

 

Wonderful museum with a great management team unlike years past. They are open about letting you walk though historic cars. If I were there when you came, I'd take you through the shop area.



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Posted 26 June 2017 - 06:00 PM

Nevada has a couple. The main museum is in Carson City and has a building with several cars. It also has a train ride. The southern branch is in Boulder City. It only has free outdoor exhibits, but they also run an excursion train.




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