Who’s opening?

By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor

Covid-19 shut down every tourist railroad and railway museum in North America, but some are starting to reopen, albeit with precautions. I went through all the websites to see how many are opening, and what other trends might be revealed. Here’s what I found.

Of the 208 websites I visited, 120 (58 percent) are open. That’s more than I expected. For quite a few it happened in July. A handful that is closed say they will open in August or September, but that sounded like speculation. All-volunteer operations were more likely to be closed, probably due to the age of volunteers. Of the places that are open, many have reduced their hours and/or partially curtailed their operations. Most of their websites advise visitors about Covid-19 precautionary measures, although some don’t mention it at all.

Here’s the list, alphabetically by state and province.

State Railroad or Museum Closed Open
AB Edmonton Radial Ry. (Ft. Edmonton Park) X  
AB Alberta Railway Museum X  
AB Alberta Prairie Ry. X  
AB Aspen Crossing Ry. X  
AB Calgary Heritage Park   X
AB Fort Edmonton Park X  
AK White Pass & Yukon X

 

 
AL Heart of Dixie RR Museum   X
AL North Alabama RR Museum X Oct 17
AR Arkansas & Missouri   X
AR Eureka Springs & North Arkansas   X
AR Fort Smith Trolley   X
AZ Grand Canyon Rwy   X
AZ Verde Canyon   X
BC Revelstoke Railway Museum   X
BC Kamloops Heritage railway X  
BC Nelson Tramway X  
BC West Coast Railway Heritage Park   X
BC Fraser Valley Heritage Ry X  
BC Kettle Valley Steam Railway   X
CA California State RR Museum X  
CA California Western   X
CA Niles Canyon Rwy X  
CA Orange Empire Rwy Museum   X
CA Pacific SW Rwy Museum X  
CA Railtown 1897 RR X  
CA Roaring Camp & Big Trees   X
CA Santa Cruz, Big Tree & Pacific RR   X
CA Western Pacific Railroad Museum X  
CA Western Rwy Museum   X
CA Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine   X
CA Cable Car Museum X  
CO Canon City And Royal Gorge RR, LLC   X
CO Colorado Railroad Museum   X
CO Cripple Creek & Victor   X
CO Durango & Silverton   X
CO Fort Collins Municipal Ry.   X
CO Georgetown Loop RR   X
CO Leadville, Colorado & Southern RR, Co.   X
CO Platte Valley Trolley X  
CT Connecticut Trolley   X
CT Naugatuck RR Co. Inc. X  
CT Shore Line Trolley Museum X  
CT Valley RR Co.   X
CT Connecticut Eastern RR Museum X  
DE Wilmington & Western RR Co.   X
FL Florida Railroad Museum   X
FL Gold Coast RR Museum   X
GA Blue Ridge Scenic Rwy   X
GA Georgia State Railroad Museum   X
GA SAM Shortline   X
GA Stone Mountain Scenic   X
HI Hawaiian Railway Museum   X
IA Boone &

Scenic Valley

  X
IL Fox River Trolley Museum   X
IL Illinois Railway Museum   X

 

IL Monticello Railway Museum X  
IN Hoosier Valley RR Museum   X
IN Indiana Ry Museum   X
IN Whitewater Valley RR   X
KS Abilene & Smoky Valley RR   X
KS Midland Rwy X  
KY Big South Fork Scenic Rwy   X
KY Bluegrass Scenic   X
KY Kentucky Rwy Museum   X
MA Cape Cod Central   X
MA Shelburne Falls X  
MA Hoosac Valley RR   X
MB Prairie Dog Central X  
MD B & O Railroad Museum   X
State Railroad or Museum Closed Open
MD Baltimore Streetcar Museum X  
MD National Capital Trolley Museum X  
MD Walkersville Southern   X
MD Western Maryland Scenic RR X  
ME Belfast & Moosehead Lake   X
ME Boothbay Railway Village X  
ME Downeast Scenic   X
ME Maine Narrow Gauge Museum   X
ME Seashore Trolley Museum   X
ME Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes   X
ME Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum   X
MI Coopersville & Marne RR X  
MI Durand Union Station   X
MI Houghton County Historical Museum X  
MI Huckleberry RR X  
MI Steam Railroading Institute X  
MI Little River RR X  
MI Greenfield Village   X
MI Michigan Transit Museum X  
MI Toonerville Trolley   X
MN Lake Superior & Mississippi RR X  
MN Minnesota Streetcar Museum X  
MN Minnesota Transportation Museum Jackson Street Roundhouse   X
MN North Shore Scenic Railroad   X
MO Belton, Grandview and Kansas City Rwy   X
MO Branson Scenic   X
MO Museum of Transportation X  
MO KC Rail Experience X  
MO St. Louis, Iron Mountain, & Southern   X
NC Craggy Mountain Line   X
NC Great Smoky Mountains Rwy   X
NC New Hope Valley Rwy/NC RR Museum X  
NC North Carolina Transportation Museum   X
NH Conway Scenic RR   X
NH Hobo   X
NH Mount Washington Cog   X
NH Winnipesaukee Scenic   X
NJ Black River & Western RR   X
NJ Delaware River Railroad   X
NJ New Jersey Museum of Transportation X  
NJ Whippany Railway Museum X  
NM Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR   X
NV Nevada Northern Rwy   X
NV Nevada Southern Rwy   X
NV Nevada State Railroad Museum X  
NV Virginia & Truckee RR Co., Inc.   X
NY Adirondack Scenic RR X  
NY Arcade & Attica RR Corp.   X
NY Catskill Mountain RR   X
NY Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley X  
NY Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride X  
NY New York Museum of Transportation X  
NY Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown X  
NY New York & Lake Erie X  
NY Rochester & Genesee Valley RR Museum X  
NY New York Transit Museum X  
NY Trolley Museum of New York X  
OH Lebanon, Mason,Monroe X  
OH Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Rwy X  
OH Hocking Valley Scenic   X
OH Northern Ohio Ry Museum X  
OK Oklahoma Rwy Museum Ltd   X
ON Toronto Railway Museum   X
ON Halton County Radial Railway X  
ON Port Stanley Terminal X  
       
State Railroad or Museum Closed Open
ON South Simcoe X  
ON Waterloo Central X  
ON Elgin County Ry Museum X  
ON York-Durham Heritage X  
OR Willamette Valley Trolley X  
OR Eagle Cap Excursion X  
OR Astoria Trolley X  
OR Oregon Coast Scenic RR   X
OR Oregon Electric Ry Museum X  
OR Oregon Rail Heritage Center   X
OR Sumpter Valley RR   X
PA Reading Technical & Historical Society X  
PA Reading & Northern   X
PA Middletown & Hummelstown RR Co. X  
PA Ma & Pa Preservation Society   X
PA New Hope & Ivyland Rail Road X  
PA Oil Creek & Titusville   X
PA Colebrookdale RR X  
PA Electric City Trolley Museum   X
PA Steamtown National Historic Site   X
PA Rockhill Trolley Museum   X
PA Pennsylvania Trolley Museum   X
PA Allentown & Auburn X  
PA Stourbridge Line   X
PA RR Museum of Pennsylvania X  
PA Lake Shore Ry Museum X  
PA Northern Central (Steam into History)   X
PA Stewartstown   X
PA Star Barn Village   X
PA Railroaders Memorial Museum X  
PA Everett RR X  
PA Strasburg RR Co.   X
PA Tioga Central RR   X
PA Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern   X
PA West Chester RR   X
QB Exporail   X
SC South Carolina RR Museum X  
SD Black Hills Central RR   X
SD South Dakota RR Museum   X
SD Prairie Village X  
SK Southern Prairie Railway X  
SK Saskatchewan Ry Museum   X
TN Tennessee Central Railway Museum X  
TN Tennessee Valley RR   X
TN Three Rivers Rambler X  
TX Austin Steam Train X  
TX Plano Interurban Museum X  
TX Galveston RR Museum   X
TX Temple RR Museum   X
TX Grapevine Vintage RR   X
TX Rosenberg RR Museum   X
TX Texas State RR   X
UT Ogden Union Staton   X
UT Golden Spike Historic Site   X
UT Heber Valley RR Utah   X
VA Virginia Museum of Transportation   X
VA O. Winston Link Museum   X
VA C&O Ry Heritage Center   X
VT Green Mountain RR Corp. X  
WA Chehalis & Centralia RR Association   X
WA Chelatchie Prairie X  
WA Mount Rainier Scenic RR X  
WA Northwest Ry. Museum X  
WA Northern Pacific RR Museum X  
WA Yakima Valley Trolley X  
WI East Troy Electric Railroad   X
WI Laona & Northern Rwy   X
WI Mid-Continent Rwy X  
WI National Railroad Museum   X
WI Wisconsin Great Northern X  
WI Osceola & St. Croix Ry X  
WV Cass Scenic   X
WV Durbin & Greenbrier Valley   X
WV Potomac Eagle Scenic Rail Excursion   X
  Total 88 120

 

 

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