Touring Southeastern Railway Museum: Duluth, Georgia
Southeastern Railway Museum is an interesting place to visit especially for people who love history and trains. It’s also a fantastic place for photography – with shadowy interiors, vivid and muted colors, the many textures of fabrics, crackled paint, rusty metals and wood everywhere. In addition, there is a room in a train available for kid’s birthday parties. The hours vary depending on the season so be sure to check the website before you visit. When I visited the entry fee was only $10.
There are many trains outside: engines, passenger cars, tanker cars, and of course any train museum needs a few cabooses. You can even take a short ride in a train for a small extra fee, but check to see times of availability.
You can explore the inside of the sleeper and passenger cars. It’s always fascinating to see how a whole room can be packed into such a tiny space. I have taken a trip in a sleeper car before and it’s a wonderful way to travel.
It’s fun to imagine the excitement of the passengers in the dining and lounge cars as the train clicks down the track to their destination.
I have seen the cooks in the kitchen on a train before and cooking as the train sways to and fro is a challenge I would not want to tackle. This kitchen has seen better days.
The old train cars can be pretty grungy, and you will need to walk on uneven surfaces at times so the museum recommends you wear sturdy closed toe shoes.
The railway mail car is very popular for good reason. The gold and green colors are glowing and the many cubbies, mailbags and the giant mailbag hook are all fascinating. A group of school kids were exploring the mail car when I was visiting and it seemed to capture their imaginations.
You can just wander from one place to another discovering engaging sights around every corner. The museum is really more of a transportation museum than just a train museum since they also have old buses, taxi cabs, tractors, and cars.
Most of the trains are outside but there is also a large building with trains and other old vehicles inside. I’m so thankful for museums like this one that can transport us back in time.
If you love history and trains, you need to visit the Southeastern Railway Museum. There are interesting and unique trains and other vehicles wherever you look. It’s a fun place explore with your kids or friends and family. For photography, the opportunities seem endless.
The Southeastern Railway Museum is a great place to photograph trains, but it’s also a fun place for portrait photography. The trains make great backdrops and posing options. The light is a little low in some of the trains, so you’ll need a camera that does well in low light with low f-stop and/or high iso capabilities. If you don’t have a low light camera, you can experiment with flash. In the last photo I bounced the flash off of the ceiling to create soft light.