Arizona Railway Museum

  • 01 of 07

    Arizona Railway Museum - Introduction

    Arizona Railway Museum
    ••• © Judy Hedding
    The Arizona Railway Museum was founded and incorporated in 1983 as a non-profit, educational and historical organization. The Museum is dedicated to the railways of Arizona and the Southwest. For many years, the trains were on display near downtown Chandler. They were subsequently moved to Tumbleweed Park.

    The photo above was taken on National Train Day 2009. Trains pictured here may or may not be accessible during regular season visits to the museum.

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  • 02 of 07

    Mission of the Arizona Railway Museum

    Arizona Railway Museum
    ••• © Judy Hedding
    The Arizona Railway Museum is a community effort dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, preservation and display of equipment, artifacts and mementos related primarily to the past and present railways of Arizona and the Southwest. From logging and mining to the freight terminals in Phoenix and Tucson, railroads have played a major role in the economic and social development of Arizona.

    The photo above was taken on National Train Day 2009. Trains pictured here may or may not be accessible during regular season visits to the museum.

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  • 03 of 07

    Trains - A Labor of Love

    Arizona Railway Museum
    ••• © Judy Hedding
    The museum is a labor of love for many volunteers, and while admission is always free, donations from the public and local businesses are accepted and appreciated.

    The photo above was taken on National Train Day 2009. Trains pictured here may or may not be accessible during regular season visits to the museum.

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  • 04 of 07

    Equipment Restoration

    Arizona Railway Museum
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    The Arizona Railway Museum has an impressive roster of equipment, and the all-volunteer organization is constantly working on restoration projects at the yard. You can see the list of locomotives, motor cars and other self equipment here.

    Not all the equipment is available for viewing or for entrance during the entire year. On Arizona Railway Day (see page 6 of this photo tour for more information), you'll be able to see more, and enter more rail cars, than on any other day of the year.

    The photo above was taken on National Train Day 2009. Trains pictured here may or may not be accessible during regular season visits to the museum.

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  • 05 of 07

    Arizona Railway Museum - Hours, Admission, Location

    Arizona Railway Museum
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    The Arizona Railway Museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, from early September through mid-May. It is not open on weekdays or in the summer.

    Arizona Railway Museum Address:
    330 E. Ryan Rd. in Chandler.
    Ryan Road is south of Germann and east of Arizona Avenue.
    Here is a map to Tumbleweed Park.

    Arizona Railway Museum Admission:
    There is no charge to enter the Display Yard and take a take a self-guided walk around the yard and view the equipment. The yard is open air (uncovered) and surfaced in crushed rock.

    There are usually at least four passenger cars and a caboose open for walking through and viewing the interior. Display Cars: $2 per person ($5 families/groups). Museum cars are not configured for the disabled (all doors/hallways are original width) and entering the cars requires climbing stairs.

    Group tours are available by appointment only. Call to schedule a group tour at 480-814-8645.

    The photo above was taken on National Train Day 2009. Trains pictured here may or...MORE may not be accessible during regular season visits to the museum.

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  • 06 of 07

    National Train Day

    National Train Day at Arizona Railway Museum
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    National Train Day at Arizona Railway Museum

    National Train Day in the U.S. celebrates the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. In honor of the importance of railroads, there are train-related events throughout the country.

    Date: May 9, 2015
    Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Visit the museum's trains and displays, regular admission charges apply.

    The photo above was taken on National Train Day 2009. Trains pictured here may or may not be accessible during regular season visits to the museum.

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  • 07 of 07

    Arizona Railway Day

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    ••• © Judy Hedding

    Spend Arizona Railway Day enjoying vintage railcars, displays of train artifacts and memorabilia at the Arizona Railway Museum. The museum started in 1983 with only a caboose and steam engine. Today there are nearly 50 rail cars here, in various stages of restoration by local train buffs.

    Visitors will be able to tour several private railcars that are not usually open to the public.

    Arizona Railway Day

    Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Cost: Free, donations accepted

    Parking: free.

    Food and beverages will be available for purchase (bring cash). Although the display building and  restrooms are ADA Compliant, due to the historic nature of the equipment,  access to the railroad cars is not ADA Compliant.