If you’ve never been to the Arkansas Railroad Museum, you’re missing a treat. Located inside one of the former Cotton Belt Railroad shops, the museum is massive, containing artifacts ranging from railroad inspection bikes to hand track cars to caboose stoves.
One of the museum’s prized possessions is Engine 819. It was the last of the 4-8-4 steam engines built in Pine Bluff in 1942. It cost a staggering $143,607 to build, which is equivalent to about $2 million dollars today.
You’ll also find a 1909 Baldwin 336, along with several rare diesel locomotives, a steam wrecker train, cabooses, a snow plow, and a variety of different train cars. The museum houses a wealth of railroad equipment and memorabilia and also has a museum store, which offers a wide variety of books, miniature trains, apparel and more.
The Arkansas Railroad Museum is located at 1700 Port Rd. in Pine Bluff. Visit the museum’s website at http://arkansasrailroadmuseum.org to learn more. All aboard!