Formerly named the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, the Georgia State Railroad Museum is a National Historic Landmark that attracts thousands of visitors each year. It was built in 1850 and is the oldest and largest 19th-century railroad operations complex in the nation. The Central of Georgia Railway handled freight, passengers, maintenance, and manufacturing, all at this single location. Today, guests can tour the museum and even take train rides! Here are some things you should know about the Georgia State Railroad Museum.
Spend an Afternoon at the Georgia State Railroad Museum
The museum complex has been operated by the Coastal Heritage Society since 1989. Its five buildings house a variety of permanent exhibits, including steam and diesel locomotives, rail cars, antique machinery, model railroads, and a 126-foot brick smokestack. You can also view vintage photos of the Central of Georgia Railroad.
Across the street from the museum is the Savannah Visitors Center, which is was once the Central of Georgia passenger station. It’s one of the oldest railroad stations the state. Inside, you’ll find exhibits that showcase the history of the city as well as a Baldwin steam locomotive that was built in 1890.
The centerpiece of the Savannah Railroad Museum is an 85-foot turntable. It functions just as it has for more than 100 years! A railway turntable is a device used for turning railroad locomotives so that they can be moved back in the direction from which they came. In the case of steam locomotives, railroads needed a way to turn the locomotives around for return trips. Their controls were often not configured for extended periods of running in reverse. Turntables were also used to turn observation cars so that their windowed ends faced toward the rear of the train.
Tours & Train Rides
After you view the museum exhibits, sign up for a guided tour where you’ll explore two executive rail cars and a hand car. Or, check the train ride schedule and take a trip on a historic No. 30 steam locomotive built in 1913, or the “modern” No. 119 diesel locomotive built in 1947. Be sure to stop by the gift shop where you can pick up a few souvenirs and specialty items to commemorate your trip! The Georgia State Railroad Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come Home to the Presidents’ Quarters Inn!
Now that you know all about the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, it’s time to book your stay at our Savannah bed and breakfast! Our inn has everything you need for a memorable getaway. And it’s less than a mile from the museum! Enjoy comfortable accommodations, luxurious amenities, and beautiful views throughout your stay. We even offer a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning. Hurry to our rooms page to see what’s available and contact us to make your reservations. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover in Savannah!
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