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May through October

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108 Front Street
P.O. Box 53
Cowan, TN 37318-0053

Cowan Railroad Museum
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Annual Meeting of
Cowan Railroad Museum

Thursday evening, February 29, 2024
6 pm at Cowan Center for the Arts
Training Center, 303 Montgomery St
(one block behind Cowan City Hall)


Cowan Railroad Museum

CRM will re-open for a new season
on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

Make plans to visit during our regular hours
May through October, as follows
Thursday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday 1 - 4 pm
Admission: $2 adult, $1 child; $5 family
Free to members & military


Nashville Steam Preservation Society has moved Engine 576 to Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville to begin restoration. Further Info


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Pushers are staged in Cowan to assist trains over the Cumberland Mountain.
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Cowan Railroad Museum Continues to Grow

The Cowan Railroad Museum represents the railroad that has been an integral part of the city since 1849 when construction began on boring a railroad tunnel through the mountain two miles southeast of town. The Cumberland Mountain Tunnel was finished in 1852 before the railroad actually made it to Cowan from Nashville. The town, the railroad and the tunnel still exist today. In support of that endeavor and later frequent trains through this region, a substantial frame depot was built in 1904, and that building is where the museum now houses its collection for your enjoyment.

Click on the “overview” and “artifacts” buttons for more detailed info. This is a wonderful little museum nestled at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains that warrants your visit. You will truly be amazed at what you will find in Cowan. Check this website often for new additions and a whole slew of up-coming events.

Visitor information

The Museum is open from May through October, Thursday through Saturday 10 AM ‘till 4 PM, and Sundays 1-4 PM. Groups of 10 or more, please schedule visits in advance by leaving a message at (931) 967-3078. 

Admission is $2 per adult; $1 for children under 12 (with an adult),and $5 per family. Museum members are always free, as are Active Miltary and their families.

Volunteers, new members and donations are always welcome. The museum is recognized as the second official railroad museum by the State of Tennessee, but sustains itself by gifts, dues and contributions. If you would like to help, just call the museum, or send an email to Jarod Pearson to discuss however you might like to participate.

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