How can you have a real railroad experience without a ride on a train? The Southeastern Railway Museum offers rides on an operating full-scale train so everyone in the family can get a little time feeling the rails beneath their feet. Engine #3 (shown above) is a 50 ton Diesel Switch Engine that was built in 1948 by General Electric. A couple of cars and a caboose provide room for riders to get a joy-ride around the yard.
It is fun to watch as the engineer, conductor and the yard crew get everything ready for the “All aboard”. People stand and wave to the other museum visitors as they depart on their ride. Children of all ages seem to be thrilled by their time on the railroad.
This is really a very interesting place and a great source of photo opportunities. There are wonderful details, beautiful colors and rusty textures all around. The museum is open Thursday thru Saturday with more going on during the summer than other times of the year. Train rides usually start around 11:00 in the morning and have a several times before and after noon depending on the volume of visitors. Check dates and times on the website before going but, it’s definitely worth the trip whenever you can go!
Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Highway
Duluth, GA 30096
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