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Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera

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The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (initialised HOD, reporting mark CSMX) is the official state railroad museum of Alabama. Dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historically significant railway equipment, the museum is located at 1919 Ninth Street, Calera, Alabama, on I-65 approximately 30 miles (48 km) south of Birmingham.
The museum features a wide range of locomotives, cars and other railroad equipment that dates from the 19th century to the 1950s and operates regularly scheduled excursions with museum equipment over the museum's track. It also features two depots that are approximately 100 years old.
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Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum reviews

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  • It was okay, but expected a little more for the price tag. The North Pole wasn’t very North Pole like. When we were riding the train to the North Pole, you couldn’t see outside to even know the train....  more
    It was okay, but expected a little more for the price tag. The North Pole wasn’t very North Pole like. When we were riding the train to the North Pole, you couldn’t see outside to even know the train....  more »
  • Second time doing this (each time with a 6 year old). This time was the. Long Island car because we had a member of our party in a wheelchair. They were good about getting her on, but unfortunately... 
    Second time doing this (each time with a 6 year old). This time was the. Long Island car because we had a member of our party in a wheelchair. They were good about getting her on, but unfortunately...  more »
  • Chocolate milk in a paper carton, plain chocolate chip cookie and very little decorations in the “party car”. You do not get off the train at the “North Pole”, you sit and wait for Santa to walk down....  more
    Chocolate milk in a paper carton, plain chocolate chip cookie and very little decorations in the “party car”. You do not get off the train at the “North Pole”, you sit and wait for Santa to walk down....  more »
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  • A wonderful experience and well done! We enjoyed the train ride with Santa and were able to sit in the first class cabins. They treated us like royalty and spent plenty of time with the children making sure each were able to say everything they wanted to say and get the pictures they wanted to get. It was an amazing experience and will definitely make this a yearly thing!
  • We went during the Valentine's sweetheart weekend and it was a delight. Riding on a restored 1910 era car that's been refurbished was the coolest thing. The ride up to the winery was smooth and beautiful. Would definitely recommend!
  • We had a nice lil day trip for a Bday party. It rained and that delayed the train ride but we finally got off and enjoyed it. Very neat train car used for parties. Check out their calendar for upcoming specials.
  • Worth the effort! Plan a day, a weekend, set aside the time!!!!! Spend the money, take the day, to use a famous shoe sales logo is impolite but "do it"! I never took pictures of the trains by themselves...I wasn't reviewing alone or focused. I couldn't separate my experience because I was in immersive mode. So many trains! Incredibly fun for family; for historical perspective, for homeschool groups, for friends, for schools. This is a wonderful spot to see the grand old trains that made this nation such a success in logistics and resources moving across so many places of harsh terrains. I understand why people buy out so many special occasions ahead of time. Its spectacular to walk around in the spaces on the different train cars and actually get to ride for a special event.
  • So much fun in general. How ever I go to the railroad Safety Week / Operation Life Saver event every year. Just good wholesome fun for the family. Even free train rides.

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