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Everyone seems to love a train, young and old alike. And there’s no place better in The Natural State to enjoy “all things train” than the Arkansas Railroad Museum in Pine Bluff.

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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.

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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.

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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!