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Arkansas Railroad Museum

1700 Port Road

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.


sean hudson

Saturday, March 31, 2018
A great place to stop and spend a few hours in a day. Fully staffed by volunteers, if you're willing to listen they'll tell you wonderful tales of life on the rails! And it's all free of charge though donations are appreciated.

Jessica R

Sunday, April 1, 2018
A great place to spend a few hours and learn about local history and trains! Fully staffed by volunteers, it runs on donations. Very well maintained, with a large variety of historical artifacts. History, down to the building it’s housed in, is everywhere! Definitely recommend!

Stephanie Caputi

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Love trains? History? This is a must see museum! Very hands on with lots to see from model trains right thru to the real thing. Lots of artifacts as well, thoroughly described and labeled so everyone can enjoy. Small gift shop too featuring SSW819, Cotton Belt and museum merchandise. Excellent for railfans and families!!

Vicki Stafford

Thursday, July 13, 2017
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!

Carl Brannin

Monday, April 23, 2018
Great train show every year 1st weekend in April.

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