National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame

March 8, 2012


The National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame is within walking distance of the famous Hamlet Historic Depot & Museum. Locally owned and operated, this facility houses priceless artifacts from the former Seaboard Air Line Railroad era.

Bill Williams is the curator of the National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame. Bill is a native of Hamlet, N.C. and took over the day-to-day operations of the facility in 1976. He has dedicated his retirement years to preserving much of the vital railway heritage in Hamlet.

The museum hosts several pieces of rolling stock, a time period telegraph office and several model railroad displays. In addition, the museum has several oil paintings depicting some of the most famous locomotives to come through town during the railway heyday. Visitors can view depictions of the Orange Blossom Special and the Silver Meteor, two locomotives that used to take passengers up and down the east coast from New York to Florida.

The National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame is open on weekends and admission is free.

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