The TC Railway Museum is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. Their mission is to preserve, restore, interpret, and operate historical railroad equipment. The purpose of the mission is to educate their guests about America's railroads.
It began its operation in 1989 with a single excursion from Nashville to Lebanon, with sold out seats. With the successful trip, additional trips were made, and they proved that they could sell out seats and operate in a professional manner. On November 19, 1990, the museum was established and incorporated.
Instead of just being a collection of historic railroad equipment, the museum has a desire to operate a 1950's vintage passenger train excursion. The ten car train excursions will start in Nashville and take you east to Lebanon, Watertown, or Cookeville, Tennessee.
They have sponsored trips out of Cookeville and also Columbia, Tennessee, which is south of Nashville. Each trip has a theme such as murder mystery, train robbery, or fall foliage. There are several trips planned every year, so check with the museum and get your ticket.
These passenger excursions have been running since 1989 with air-conditioned coaches that serve refreshments and have souvenirs.
The Museum has preserved a collection of passenger cars, cabooses, freight cars and locomotives. The volunteers come in on most Saturdays to restore and maintain the equipment.
The Tennessee Railway Museum headquarters is located in the former Tennessee Central Railway Master Mechanic's office. It houses the offices, a library and a collection of railroad material.
If you would like to visit the museum, the address is 220 willow
Street, Nashville, Tennessee, 37210-2159 or you can call 615-244-9001.
It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.