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Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera

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  • This is a great family experience! Fun for all ages but tickets sale out quickly once they go on sale. I'm want to visit the museum again during normal museum hours.  more »
  • We carried some of our grandchildren to see Thomas the Train. This is a great place to visit if you like trains. Always have something special happening for children  more »
  • My husband enjoys seeing old trains. This museum has a nice train exhibit. However, we were disappointed at how weathered, rusted, and unkempt the older trains were. I am sure it is expensive to care ...  more »
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  • Lots of great equipment to look at but some is not in thevbest shape. Staff is not really friendly. They have train cars on side tracks but when we were there the grass was not mowed between the tracks
  • My Grandson loves it because Thomas the Train was there.
  • Overall I would say this is not worth the money unless you go on the polar express one. We paid for the $50 ticket and went at 2:00. Hour trip there and back, no hot chocolate or cookies. There is a section with light last about 20 seconds rest is a gold course, woods, highway bridge, storage buuldings. I can't speak for the polar express at night but the one during the day is kind of a rip off and not worth it.
  • The exhibit was wonderful
  • The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum and their functioning Calera and Shelby Railroad are an up-and-coming tourist railroad operation and museum which are more interactive, entertaining, and educational than most. The museum yards are open so you may walk amongst the railroad history. The restored depot is a comprehensive display of treasured railroad artifacts and historical information, several non-active rail cars are frequently opened for guests to look about, and there is even an interactive display of old railroad signals. The train rides are short but packed with North Alabama scenery including a winery where you may get off the train and take a tour or a tasting! Multiple trains a day allow for flexible schedules if you wish to stay at the winery or even ride over and over again. This railroad deserves our support so they can restore more of their route and further develop their programs. It is obvious that they have excellent ideas, and I can't wait to see what they have to offer next!