Who We Are
The Tennessee Central Railway Museum is a volunteer, non-profit organization. Our mission is to preserve, restore, interpret, and operate historic railroad equipment to educate our guests about America's railroads.
We have a growing collection of historic equipment, but TCRM is much more than a static museum. Our specialty is operating historic trains, providing a unique opportunity to ride a 1950's vintage train through beautiful Middle Tennessee.
Since the 1989, TCRM has been running passenger excursions from Nashville to points east. Current destinations include Lebanon, Watertown, Cookeville, and Monterey, Tennessee. Trains typically consist of air-conditioned coaches with refreshments and souvenirs available onboard. Many trains also include deluxe accommodations in special cars available at extra cost.
TCRM has preserved a collection of passenger cars, cabooses, freight cars, and locomotives. Our volunteers are at work on most Saturdays restoring and maintaining this equipment.
The museum began as an extension of the local division of the National Model Railroad Association, the Cumberland Division SER-NMRA. Since Cumberland Division SER-NMRA Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) Federal income tax-exempt organization, does business as Tennessee Central Railway Museum, donations to the Museum are tax-deductible.
The Museum headquarters is located in the former Tennessee Central Railway Master Mechanic's office at 220 Willow Street near downtown Nashville. The building houses offices, a library, and a collection of railroad material, including the largest collection of Tennessee Central Railway artifacts to be found anywhere. Monthly membership meetings are held at this facility.
Hours of Operation
Note: The Museum will be closed to visitors the from Aug. 18 to Sept. 7 while we host the Day Out With Thomas event. Limited access to museum exhibits will be available from Monday, Sept. 8 through Sept. 10. Normal hours resume on Sept. 11.
Where to Find Us
Tennessee Central Railway Museum