The Southeastern Railway Museum occupies a 35-acre site in Duluth, Georgia, in northeast suburban Atlanta. In operation since 1970, the Southeastern Railway Museum features about 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives. Museum hours vary seasonally, and more information (directions, street address, hours, admission) is available on the plan your visit page.
Ride in restored cabooses behind restored antique diesel locomotives, stand next to the massive driving wheels of the locomotive that once pulled passenger trains to Key West on the “railroad that went to sea,” tour the business car that helped bring the Olympics to Atlanta, pose on the platform of the private car once used by President Warren G. Harding, and see just how green Southern Railway green can be as you walk the length of the diesel-electric locomotive that ran the point on the last Crescent before AMTRAK assumed control of the famous train.
The Museum is owned by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and operated by a community-based board as a separate 501(c)3 organization. The Museum does not receive operating funds from any government agency and operates based on donations, the support of sponsors, and gate receipts.
During the 2000 state legislative session, the museum was recognized as Georgia’s Official Transportation History Museum in recognition of the broad array of transportation history that the museum preserves, exhibits, and interprets. Today you can explore antique rail, transit, fire, and automotive exhibits at the museum.
The mission of the Southeastern Railway Museum is to provide an educational atmosphere that will vividly bring to life the cultural, technological, and historical importance of transportation to our region. This is accomplished through the preservation, conservation, and display of publications, memorabilia, and equipment; operation of historic equipment; and the portrayal of the lives of those people who created and provided that transportation.
Board of Trustees
The museum is led by a self-perpetuating board of trustees with members from the community as well as from the Atlanta Chapter NRHS Inc. The members are:
|Rick Hewatt, Chairperson||Atlanta Checker Cab|
|Dan Adkins||First Comm. Development (Ret.)|
|Chuck Hardt||Atlanta Chapter NRHS Inc.|
|Rob Marbury||Marbury Creative Group|
|John Pollock||Atlanta Chapter NRHS Inc.|
|Allen Rider||Norfolk Southern Corp. (retired)|
|Scott Sadow||Atlanta Chapter NRHS Inc., Johnson Outdoors|
The Museum is also a member of these community organizations: