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RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display

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Address: 1512 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-6578
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+1 712-323-5182
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Thu - Sat 11:00 - 16:00

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Local Train Museum

As a train buff, any rail museum is a good museum. This is worth a visit, however, it is in need of an overhaul. It depends on the admission fees ( $7.00 for an adult ) and I dod... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2016
Paul G
Tucson, Arizona
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The RailsWest has several engines and cars. In the museum there is a good collection of railroad ephemera. Great for children of all ages. Easy to get to.

Thank chuckpisgah
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

As a train buff, any rail museum is a good museum. This is worth a visit, however, it is in need of an overhaul. It depends on the admission fees ( $7.00 for an adult ) and I dod not think that it has very many visitors. I was there for two hours and had the museum to myself. The... More 

Thank Paul G
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Museum was an OK place to visit. I realize that they depend on donations but this place is in need of alot of work and restoration. Now that we have gone there once I don't know they we would return again.

Thank balltra75
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

This "Museum" is small, crowded and the train cars they let you walk through are a safety hazard. PLUS they charge! Like trains? Go down the street to the Union Pacific Museum, it is MUCH better AND FREE!

Thank Jason T
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Took our granddaughter there today. Very interesting, lots of old train stuff. They even have an old phone booth something our granddaughter has never seen. Cost was $7 for seniors. Not too bad. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank MilesL44
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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257 reviews
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

It may not be the most popular museum in Council Bluffs, but it is a must see for any rail fan. You have a lot of trains here.

Thank JohnBCowgill
Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2015

My son and I were referred here from the staff at the Squirrel Cage Jail. We decided to head over because my son loves trains. The museum is set in an old train station full of history and artifacts. There were several model trains, one of which had a switch my son could control. We then headed outside where there... More 

Thank apeters1088
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Reviewed 1 August 2015

My grandson and I liked this equally well. He got to try all of the teletypes and type writers. We were able to look through papers and calling cards drawers and cabinets. The train had original features and some original furniture. We were encouraged to open and look at everything that did not have a lock. It did not matter... More 

Thank laeasley
Mundelein, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

It's in a beautiful Rock Island depot but this museum is in bad need of cash. The exhibits are more collections of stuff. There is no story to tell. The rail car outside are falling apart. Maybe it's time to pack it in.

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Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

The museum is disorganized at best. The model was interesting and worth seeing but the rest is really not worth the visit. The rolling stock is in a state of decline. Good for a rainy day maybe. If it is rolling stock you are looking for then go to St. Louis and see the Museum of Transportation at which you... More 

Thank BernieandJune

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