Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah

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The repair shops complex that houses Georgia State Railroad Museum is recognized as the largest collection of Antebellum railroad structures in the United States. The historic railroad structures at the Georgia State Railroad Museum site include a partial Roundhouse with operating turntable, partial Machine Shop, Tender Frame Shop, Blacksmith Shop, Boiler House, Storehouse & Print Shop, Lumber and Planing Sheds, Coach and Paint Shops, and a partial Carpentry Shop which now houses Savannah Children's Museum. Many of these structures are open for visitors to explore.
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  • This museum comprises a large remnant of a locomotive roundhouse, a working turntable, adjacent workshops and other buildings, a model train exhibit, and a gift shop. You can walk around several vinta...  more »
  • A lot of history here but it needs to improve exhibits. Could improve and add signage to its displays. They have some model train layouts that need immediate attention and be up and running. Entrance ...  more »
  • I loved the active round table and the executive car. Not sure why the negative reviews. If you are in the. Middle of train lovers I think you will enjoy it.  more »
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  • Great staff and very interesting displays. Could easily spend a day here. There is a narrated train ride, a short film, model railroads, private rail car tours, a hand cart demonstration, a playground, a gift shop, and several locomotives on display. Located at the roundhouse next to the visitor's center. The only place for improvement is to give them enough support to increase staff so the tours run more frequently and they meet their goals of extending the rail lines. There is no food onsite except snacks in the gift shop.
  • A great place to visit and also a very good cause. All the money goes t making it even better. These old trains are restored an preserved. A must see if your interested in trains and their history. It's a shame it's not visited more, just not easliy seen when visiting downtown. But worth the effort!
  • I did not enjoy this museum and thought it to be a waste of money ($10 per entry). Though I appreciate the cause that most of the contributions goes toward restoring trains in this museum, unless you can get onto one of the tours, this museum is nothing but a train parking lot since little effort has been put into making signs for visitors to learn about the exhibits. As someone who has little knowledge on trains, I learnt nothing from walking around the museum. Unfortunately, since we arrived there late, we were only able to go on one tour which was actually very informative. Would strongly recommend to go early and get on a few tours to fully enjoy this museum. Also, this allows you a reserve a spot on a train ride which looked pretty fun for both kids and adults. If you have more time to spend in Savannah, there is a deal called the see 3 pass which is $17 for adults and $11 for children - this allows you entry to 3 museums in Savannah.
  • Knowledgeable staff and great history make this a fun stop for our family when vacationing in Hilton Head Island and visiting Savannah. Kids can see rains in action and learn in the process. To also relatively inexpensive.
  • It Was The Best Museum I'd Ever Visited. The Guided Tours Were Very Educational Indeed - The HandCar Participation Was Fun For The Family. Kudos To The Lady Tour Director, Good Job!

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