Visiting the Southeastern Railway Museum

This is another in my series on local points of interest for those who might be visiting the Atlanta, Georgia USA area.

Southeastern Railway Museum

The Southeastern Railway Museum, located in Duluth, GA, is a work-in-progress showcase of historic trains. They have about 90 engines and cars in their rolling stock, including Pullman cars and steam locomotives. It’s a very "kid friendly" place to visit, particularly if they’re into trains and has items of interest for adult history and train buffs as well.

Getting There 

The museum is located in Duluth, a northeastern suburb of Atlanta. Here’s a map and aerial view.

Southeastern Railway Museum Map

Southeastern Railway Museum Aerial View

Note that the entrance isn’t that obvious so be mindful of the small brown signs that point to it. The railway crossing area into the parking area is rather rough so use caution.

Check the Southeastern Railway Museum web site for their current times and for special events. They’re normally open on Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM year round but other times vary by season and by events.

The Exhibits

The large enclosed exhibit building houses the Pullman cars, the Warren G. Harding Presidential car, and other trains. You can go in these trains but note that it’s a tight squeeze for most adults and isn’t really accessible to handicapped persons. They recently added a train memorabilia room that has plates, uniforms, and other railroad gear from the heyday of passenger train travel.

The gift shop is in this building too. Most of the items are priced well and you’re sure to find something of interest. It seems like every time I go there I find a new and interesting railroad T Shirt.

There are more trains outside that aren’t as fully restored but that doesn’t make them less interesting. Some of these are open to the public and others aren’t. One interesting train is an Army mail train. Some of these old trains do smell rather musty. Talk about smelling history!

The Train Ride

Train rides are offered on a schedule. Kids love this part although adults may find it a little dull. The train ride consists of backing down a track to the museum workshed and back again. For an extra fee you can ride in the engine which is a great thrill for a child. Occasionally they have a steam engine rather than a diesel yard engine for the ride so check their site or by phone to see when they’ll be doing this.

In The Area

There are many restaurants in the area given that it is just a few miles from the Gwinnett Mall and Discover Mills Mall. You should have no problem finding somewhere to dine and to engage in a little shopping.

Since this area is heavily traveled and there is a lot of road construction in the area use extra care when driving. Also, you should be aware that Duluth is a well known speed trap so you should rigorously stick to speed limits and traffic laws.

Let me know if you have any questions about visiting the Southeastern Railway Museum by leaving me a comment.


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Comment by All About Nothing
2008-07-16 13:14:27

The Southeastern Railway Museum is fantastic … I got to visit last year.

The Warren G. Harding Presidential car was beautiful, and just may be the most interesting part of his whole Presidential term!

Comment by jfc
2008-07-16 13:21:23

Hi Nothing,

I’ve visited the Southeastern Railway Museum more times than I can count. We used to live near there and I would take my son to visit it at least once a month when he was in his train phase. He’s older now and we live about 50 miles away from it now but he still likes to go there occasionally.

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