Monday, May 14, 2012

Especially for Train Lovers: The Roundhouse Railroad Museum

Does the sight of twin-tracks make you smile?  Do you get giddy with the sound of that distant whistle?  Does your heart beat in time to the cadence of a locomotive?  Do you stare longingly at the end of a train, knowing that today's children will never feel the delight at the sight of that red caboose?  If so, Savannah's Roundhouse Railroad Museum is a must-see during your stay at a bed and breakfast in Savannah, GA!

Both a State Museum and a National Historic Landmark, the Roundhouse is a railroad-lover's dream, and a popular area attraction.  In 1850, ground was broken on what would become the largest existing railroad terminal and repair shop complex in the US.  The Central Railroad had offices and buildings that handled passengers, goods, maintenance, and manufacturing.  Of the original Central of Georgia Railway complex buildings, thirteen still stand today - five with permanent exhibits.

The Roundhouse proper is one of those thirteen buildings left, and the turntable is still operational on-site.  Visitors can also see steam and diesel locomotives, a variety of rail cars (including cabooses!), the 126-foot smokestack, model railroads, and more!

The Museum is open from 10am to 4pm daily for self-guided tours.  Pricing is $10 for Adults, and $6 for Children 6 and under (children 1 year and under are free).  Admission includes a train ride and any extra onsite activities that may be happening that day.  The Museum is at the very northern corner of downtown at 601 West Harris Street.

When you plan your Savannah bed and breakfast vacation, make sure to plan some time for the Roundhouse Railroad Museum.  Member inns of the Romantic Inns of Savannah look forward to your visit!

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