About Us

Preserving for Future generations

From humble beginnings as a chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society (NRHS) the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum carries out its mission to preserve the sights, sounds, and artifacts of railroading for future generations.

Tourism and Recreation

As the official railroad museum of the state of Alabama our museum features operating standard gauge and narrow gauge trains, two restored depots, an indoor collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, and an outdoor collection of railroad cars, locomotives, and cabooses. Our exhibits, operating railroads, and educational programs function as both a unique means of tourism and recreation, and also a way to preserve the rich history of Alabama and our nation.

Visit Us!

We hope you'll visit us to ride a train, view our museum's collections, and learn more about Alabama's railroad history. Admission to the museum is free of charge and donations are accepted! During our operating season, tickets are required for riding our trains.

Contact Us!

Please feel free to contact us, or reach out to us on social media (Twitter, FaceBook or Instagram) if you have any questions. We'll see you at the depot!

Make a Donation

Clicking the Donate Now button below, launches a window from our online fundraising partner, Mightycause . From there you can choose a convenient, predetermined, donation amount or enter your own amount.

Any Amount Matters

Here are a few examples of how donations make a difference:

  • $25-Provides 5 railroad spikes for refurbished track.
  • $50 Reupholsters one seat in the Long Island commuter coach.
  • $100-Covers the cost of fuel for one trip.
  • $150-Replaces 4 worn railroad ties.

Want to make a donation?

A donation today ensures that our collections will be preserved for generations and generations to come. By default online donations go towards our day-to-day operational costs.