Train Ride of the Week: Kentucky Railway Museum

Name: Kentucky Railway Museum

Route: New Haven, Kentucky to Boston, Kentucky

Overview: Operating on a former Louisville & Nashville branch line in the Roaring Fork River Valley, the Kentucky Railway Museum provides historic train excursions in the Bluegrass State. The 22-mile roundtrip rolls through the farmland and small towns, which were once only served by small branch line railroads. Departing New Haven, the train stops in Boston, Kentucky for about a 15- 20 minute layover. Passengers can get off train to stretch their legs, use the facilities, or to purchase a snack at the local store. Excursions are currently powered by historic diesel locomotives, though Louisville & Nashville 4-6-2 #152, the official steam locomotive of Kentucky, is currently under restoration at the railway’s New Haven shops.

Classes of Service: All visitors can select from various coaches and enjoy the ride in the comfort of historic passenger cars dating from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Train Schedule: The museum in New Haven is open throughout the year, with excursions operating from late March through mid-November. The excursion schedule varies, so be sure to visit http://www.kyrail.org/timetables.asp for full dates and times.

Other Experiences: Throughout the year, KRM operates various special excursions. These include Easter Eggspress trains, dining trains, murder mystery trains, train robbery days, the Great Pumpkin Patch Express, Christmas trains, and a Day Out with Thomas. For full dates and times, visit kyrail.org.

Getting to New Haven: New Haven is located just off the Bluegrass Parkway. If traveling from Bowling Green, the first exit on the Bluegrass Parkway is for Boston and New Haven. Once exiting, travel south on Highway 583 to New Haven, then turn right on Highway 31 to the museum. Traveling from Lexington, visitors can take Exit 21 onto Highway 31 into New Haven. If traveling from Louisville, visitors can take exit 105 and follow the signs to New Haven.

Other nearby attractions: Being located in Central Kentucky, the Kentucky Railway Museum is in the heart of Bourbon country. Approximately a 15-minute drive south of New Haven is the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto. Traveling to the north into Bardstown, visitors can enjoy the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center. Also in Bardstown is previous Train Ride of the Week, My Old Kentucky Dinner Train.

Kentucky was also the childhood home of President Abraham Lincoln. Fans of American History can visit the Lincoln Museum in nearby Hodgensville. Between New Haven and Hodgensville is Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home, while just south of Hodgensville is the birthplace of the 16th President.

Helpful Links:

Kentucky Railway Museum – kyrail.org
Visit Bardstown/Nelson County – https://www.visitbardstown.com/