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RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display

1512 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-6578
+1 712-323-5182
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Outside equipment worth a look-see!

Terrible museum archives and the model railroad is quite pitiful! Outside exhibits are only so-so... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Keith W
Naperville, Illinois
Excellent model train layout and plenty of oneat historical items

The RailsWest has several engines and cars. In the museum there is a good collection of railroad... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
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RailsWest Depot Museum is housed in an old Rock Island Depot built in 1899. There are many displays which include full size train cars to walk through and an HO size model train.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good22%
  • Average19%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
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1512 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-6578
+1 712-323-5182
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrible museum archives and the model railroad is quite pitiful! Outside exhibits are only so-so and could use some paint!

Thank Keith W
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The RailsWest has several engines and cars. In the museum there is a good collection of railroad ephemera. Great for children of all ages. Easy to get to.

Thank chuckpisgah
Reviewed 1 October 2016

As a train buff, any rail museum is a good museum. This is worth a visit, however, it is in need of an overhaul. It depends on the admission fees ( $7.00 for an adult ) and I dod not think that it has very...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Museum was an OK place to visit. I realize that they depend on donations but this place is in need of alot of work and restoration. Now that we have gone there once I don't know they we would return again.

Thank balltra75
Reviewed 2 September 2016

This "Museum" is small, crowded and the train cars they let you walk through are a safety hazard. PLUS they charge! Like trains? Go down the street to the Union Pacific Museum, it is MUCH better AND FREE!

Thank Jason T
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Took our granddaughter there today. Very interesting, lots of old train stuff. They even have an old phone booth something our granddaughter has never seen. Cost was $7 for seniors. Not too bad. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank MilesL44
Reviewed 28 April 2016

It may not be the most popular museum in Council Bluffs, but it is a must see for any rail fan. You have a lot of trains here.

Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed 2 August 2015

My son and I were referred here from the staff at the Squirrel Cage Jail. We decided to head over because my son loves trains. The museum is set in an old train station full of history and artifacts. There were several model trains, one...More

Thank apeters1088
Reviewed 1 August 2015

My grandson and I liked this equally well. He got to try all of the teletypes and type writers. We were able to look through papers and calling cards drawers and cabinets. The train had original features and some original furniture. We were encouraged to...More

Thank laeasley
Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

It's in a beautiful Rock Island depot but this museum is in bad need of cash. The exhibits are more collections of stuff. There is no story to tell. The rail car outside are falling apart. Maybe it's time to pack it in.

2  Thank micahel56
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