Train Spotting in Paducah

Jump on over to the Paducah Railroad Museum on May 13, to help them celebrate the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. It may have happened a few years ago, May 10, 1869 to be exact, but that’s a great reason to have some fun! Kids will enjoy a full day of stories, singing, train videos, games, crafts and Operation Lifesaver programs.

Story Time

Museum Curator Amy Blewett will be reading the book Iron Horses by Verla Kay and Owney the Mail Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby. Organizers will have a craft making activitiy for kids - making trains of course - to go along with the books.

No railroad celebration would be complete without singing. Join in rousing renditions of I’ve Been Working on the Railroad and Down by the Station. Both of those songs, and many others, will be taught to visitors. Youngsters can also play Red Light, Green Light with railroad actual signals. There will be tons of fun things for you and the kiddos to do.

Music and Balloons

Local balloon artist Landon Sio will be there making train-related balloon art and fiddler Ian Bastida will be providing musical entertainment.

Operation Lifesaver will also be on site with presentations for adults and children. They will be showing videos, presenting safety games and leading a safety sign craft.

Everyone can experience real railroad equipment up close outside in the parking lot. Stay and enjoy their historical exhibits, locomotive simulator, model-trains and take a turn driving Thomas. Yes, they have a real life-size Thomas the Train for the littles ones to drive (on a track in a circle of course!).

“This will be such a fun event to celebrate our nation’s love of trains and the impact that trains have had on Paducah which is truly a railroad town,” Blewett told me.

For more information on this event, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1855281074692162/ or call 270.908.6451.

Paducah Railroad Museum

This downtown Paducah museum is located near the Carson Center. It highlights the impact and importance of trains to the development of the region, and the whole of the US. The Railroad Museum features a collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia including lights, signals, diesel control stands, hand pump car, tools, lanterns, photos, maps, books, vintage telegraph and telephone equipment.

Paducah's only railroad museum also contains a fantastic model train layout, as well as local and national history exhibits. It is sponsored by the Paducah Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and is located in the N.C. & St. L. Railway Freight Office. The museum houses historic equipment and memorabilia. The Railroad Museum is also home to local and national train-related exhibits.

It’s located at Washington Street & Marine Way in Paducah – near to the Carson Center and the Flood Wall.

Operation Lifesaver

We have train tracks all over the Purchase Area and many of them cross streets and areas where people live and play. Did you know that about once every three hours someone is struck by a train? Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on, or near, railroad tracks. You can find out more about this important organization at oli.org.

Transcontinental Railroad

The First Transcontinental Railroad (known originally as the Pacific Railroad and later as the Overland Route) was a 1,912-mile continuous railroad line constructed between 1863 and 1869 that connected the existing eastern U.S. rail network at Omaha, Nebraska/Council Bluffs, Iowa with the Pacific coast at the Oakland Long Wharf on San Francisco Bay.

The rail line was built by three private companies over public lands provided by extensive US land grants. Construction was financed by both state and US government subsidy bonds as well as by company issued mortgage bonds.