CHANDLER, Ariz. – Calling all train lovers and history buffs! Come aboard and explore the glory days of local and long-distance travel on America’s railways during Arizona Railway Day in Chandler. The celebration will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Road. This family-friendly, free public event is hosted by volunteers of the museum.
Arizona Railway Day will include displays of artifacts and memorabilia, tours of vintage railcars and a selection of railroad books, magazines and timetables for sale at affordable prices. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Visitors will learn about the historical importance of railroads from museum volunteers who will explain the type of work that is required to restore and refurbish these railcars to keep them “alive” as a testament to the glory days of rail passenger travel. Several cars feature interior displays of the typical accommodations for the travelling public, including seating, sleeping arrangements and dining facilities, complete with custom-made railroad dining car china.
The museum’s diesel locomotive will be open, giving visitors the opportunity to blow the horn. Chandler’s historic #2562 steam locomotive also will be on display along with a wide variety of railroad signs, signals and mining equipment.
The museum’s standard entrance fee is waived for Arizona Railway Day. However, donations from the public and local businesses are greatly appreciated. Visitors should access the event on Ryan Road, from Arizona Avenue or McQueen Road. Parking is free. 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.
The Arizona Railway Museum is normally open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. through May. It is closed during the summer. It is located on the southwest corner of Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park. For more information, visit the Arizona Railway Museum website or call 480-821-1108.
Steve Whisel, Arizona Railway Museum Curator
Toni Smith, City of Chandler Communications Manager