Arkansas Railroad Museum
In 1983, this same group of volunteers, plus a few new ones, formed the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society and were incorporated as a charitable, non-profit under IRS article 501(c)(3). This permitted the group to solicit funds to enhance the restoration effort.
As time progressed and the restoration effort was underway, many people became interested in the project. This brought many people to the building and many began to bring items to donate to the Cotton Belt Historical Society. It became obvious that the project was going to grow into more than a restored steam engine. The name Arkansas Railroad Museum was adopted and the museum is still operated by the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, Inc. The building has over 70,000 square feet of floor space, 17 tracks, houses two display rooms and many displays.
How about taking a tour of the museum by clicking on the Museum Tour link and see what you have been missing by not visiting the museum in person? We hope to see you soon!
The Museum is open from 9am to 2pm, Monday through Saturday, though extreme temperatures can affect operating hours, since the main museum is neither heated nor air conditioned. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated to help offset operating costs.
Free entry and really cool! Lots to see! Wish it was closer to home!
THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!!!!! We took our grandsons, ages 7 and 9 to this museum while visiting Cane Creek State Park, which is also 5 stars! Our 9 year old grandson, Jake, is so passionate about trains and he had so many questions. Nathan, our guide, was so helpful but Jake did trip him up a couple times. I can't wait to visit this museum again!
Absolutely awesome facility with extremely friendly staff. Thoroughly enjoyed going by there.
Elaine Stamper Davis
This place has an incredible collection of some of the oldest boxcar, caboose and artifacts in the world railroad related. The Building is a very old structure with original flooring and Windows. Included in the rail car collection are some of those that are the only one or few of its kind left in the world. Some rail cars still hold original dining situations and bedding from.during the war. Kid friendly with an electric train and some small rail cars. Very well maintained.
One of the best museum experiences. It is great to be able to touch things. Also, there is a dedicated staff with true love of the place.