SOUTHERN ARIZONA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM (USA | Arizona | Tucson | Museum)
- Address: 414 N. Toole Avenue, 85701
SOUTHERN ARIZONA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM
Address: 414 N. Toole Avenue, 85701
Phone: +1 520 623-2223
This museum is located at the city’s railway station and is split into two parts, one is the main building with its exhibits and the other is a train steam locomotive a short walk away. The exhibits are all in one large room, but it’s well laid out and there are both original railway memorabilia as well as information boards giving further details about the railway and Tucson. There is also a model railway which runs along the top of the wall inside and this can be turned on by the volunteers on request. It isn’t likely to take more than around thirty minutes to look around the museum, but the volunteers are conversational and can add extra perspective to a visit.
The steam locomotive is the Southern Pacific 1673 which was first brought into service in 1900 and it remained in use until the 1950s, also being used for the film Oklahoma in 1955. It was decided to keep the locomotive for preservation purposes and it was visible in Himmel Park from 1962 until 2000, when it was vandalised and damaged. The locomotive moved to its current location by the tracks at the station and it’s always visible but can only be accessed on Saturdays.
There is no admission charge, although there is a donation box just inside the entrance and all such donations are gratefully accepted. The museum is open from 11.00 until 15.00 on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10.00 until 16.00 on Fridays and Saturdays and is closed on Mondays. The locomotive is accessible from 10.00 until 15.00 on Saturdays.