It’s all aboard on Chandler property. Get a ticket to ride and head on over to The Arizona Railway Museum. An eclectic collection of railway cars and memorabilia is the result of a dedicated mission to “acquire, preserve, restore and display railroad artifacts and equipment with primary focus on Arizona and the Southwest.” Located close to Chandler homes at 330 E. Ryan Road this museum blasts folks back to the past.
Due to the heat of Arizona’s summer sun the museum only stays open for part of the year. Guests are welcomed on the Chandler property weekends, August 30th to May 31st, from 12 to 4 p.m. This non-profit organization has made visiting affordable. Adult admission is $5, children $2 and a family admission rate is $15. As a Blue Star Museum, active military members are admitted for free.
The best way to meander about is with an expert in hand. True connoisseurs of the railroad get the most out of trips with guided tours. Volunteer staff lead the way explaining about the various cars in the yard and the stories behind them. Tours must be reserved in advance. More information can be obtained about guided tours by calling 480.821.1108.
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Self guided tours are perfect for those who like to do things their own way. Educational placards are placed by each piece in the yard detailing their history to Arizona, the Southwest and beyond. Several vehicles are unobtainable and can only be viewed by the outside. However multiple cars are opened up for exploration. In vintage passenger cars, sleeper cars, and a caboose, folks can actually climb in and imagine traveling back into times past. There’s even a steam engine with a bell for ringing!
Inside the Arizona Railway Museum building an impressive collection of artifacts and memorabilia awaits discovery. Learn the timeline of railroad expansion and the impact it had on Arizona and the United States. See old uniforms and bits and pieces of history. A charming gift shop is open with unique treasures to take home.
Warning…. Trips to The Arizona Railway Museum may trigger bouts of wanderlust often resulting in train tickets purchased for destinations to just about anywhere.