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Jan. 28, 2016
 
Celebrate Arizona Railway Day on Feb. 27 at the Arizona Railway Museum in Tumbleweed Park

Arizona Railway Museum - Southern Pacific Train Engine 1956-2007Train lovers, history buffs and people of all ages are invited to climb aboard and explore a piece of America’s railway history from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, during Arizona Railway Day in Chandler. The free public event is hosted each year by the Arizona Railway Museum, located in the southwest corner of Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park, 330 E. Ryan Rd.

Arizona Railway Day will include tours of vintage railcars, plus displays of artifacts and memorabilia. Visitors will learn about the 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 celebration of the glory days of rail passenger travel.

Several cars feature interior displays of the typical accommodations for the travelling public, including seating, sleeping arrangements, dining facilities, complete with custom-made railroad dining car china. The museum’s diesel locomotive will be open, affording visitors the opportunity to blow the horn, and Chandler’s historic #2562 steam locomotive will also be on display. Outdoor displays include a wide variety of railroad signs, signals and mining equipment.

The display building houses many examples of smaller railroad artifacts, a gift shop, and restrooms. The museum’s Curator will also be holding a large sale of railroad books, magazines and timetables at very affordable prices. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

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 Rd., from Arizona Ave. or McQueen Rd. Parking is free. Although our 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 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through May 17, closed during the summer, and reopens in early September.  More information on the museum is available at azrymuseum.org or call 480-821-1108.