Roundhouse Railroad Museum

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303 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Savannah, GA, USA

Roundhouse Railroad Museum Savannah Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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Industrial Archeology meets Rolling Stock Apr 05, 2012
The Roundhouse Railroad Museum (also known as the Georgia State Railroad Museum) preserves the site of the Central of Georgia Railway's Savannah repair shop complex. Unlike many railroad museums, it is more than a collection of locomotives and rolling stock, but is also a museum of the industrial age.

Construction of the large shop complex began in 1850. It was not affected by the Civil War, as Sherman occupied, but did not damage, Savannah. Further expansion took place in the 1870s and a new roundhouse (locomotive shed) was built in 1926. The shop complex remained in operation until 1963. The 19th century brick industrial buildings form a perfect backdrop for the museum. The Blacksmith Shop has displays of machine tools powered by steam-driven belts (before electricity) and a large forging hammer. The most striking structure on the property is the 125 foot (38 m) tall combination central smokestack, water tank and worker's lavatory.

The 21-stall Roundhouse contains the displays of rolling stock. Railway enthusiasts will enjoy the selection of steam and diesel locomotives and passenger and freight cars drawn from the Central of Georgia and from around the state.

Some of the steam locomotives are operational and brief train rides are given around the property. I did not go on a ride, but I did see a locomotive in steam! The smoke and steam rising above the roundhouse stall as in times of yore made for a perfect visit!
Roundhouse Railroad Museum
Back Shop section of the roundhous…
Central of Georgia office car Colu…
Combination smokestack, water tank…
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kvom says:
I visited the museum 2 years ago and will be returning the beginning of March, 2013. Definitely a place to see if you are a fan of railroads and the age of steam.
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013
X_Drive says:
I'm glad you found it as nice and informative as I did. What did you think of the HO scale model layout?
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012
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Railroad buffs unite. This is a great site. May 02, 2008
The Roundhouse Railroad Museum had its origins back in 1838. No, it wasn’t a museum in those days. It was the beginnings of the Central Georgia Railway. It was built to transport cotton the 190 miles from Savannah to Macon. And it continued to do so through 1963. Today it contains the oldest and most complete repair shop in the U. S. Also at the museum you will find a working turntable, a 125 foot restored industrial smokestack, and HO scale model railroad of Savannah, a shaft and belt driven machinery exhibit, the oldest portable steam engine in the U. S., a nice selection of rolling stock, a video presentation, and a museum shop. The entry fee quite minimal.
The working turntable
The working turntable
National Historic Landmark plaque
One of the larger locomotives.
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