Visiting the Museum & Horseshoe Curve

Plan to allow at least 1½ hours to tour the Railroaders Museum. Many of our guests find that more time is necessary to fully explore all the exhibits and view the two short films.

The Norfolk Southern Theatre shows 2 movies every hour on a continuous loop throughout the day. One starts at :20 after every hour and the other at :45 after every hour. If you plan to watch both movies, this will take a better part of an hour out of your touring time.

Plan to allow at least 1 hour to visit the Horseshoe Curve. The Funicular runs every ½ hour on the hour. Many of our guest spend an entire day at the Horseshoe Curve, watching the over 50 trains that travel the Curve daily. If you plan to spend the day remember to pack a lunch!


Guests receive a wristband when they pay admission. This allows guests to come and go from the Railroaders Museum and Horseshoe Curve throughout the day. Please note: Museum/Horseshoe Curve admissions are only valid on the day you purchase them.

Picnic Areas

There are picnic tables provided outside in the rail yard at the Railroaders Museum for guests to enjoy a picnic lunch or a nice sunny day. There is also a covered pavilion with picnic tables as well as picnic tables at the top of the hill at the Horseshoe Curve.

Food and Drinks

Chips, cookies, soda and water are available for purchase at the Railroaders Museum and Horseshoe Curve gift shops. No other food options are available on site.


We have large parking lots at both facilities that can accommodate any vehicle from a compact car to a charter bus or large mobile home. No overnight parking is available.


If you arrive by AMTRAK to spend the day, the Railroaders Museum does NOT provide transportation to and from the Horseshoe Curve. One of our gift shop attendants will be happy to call one of our local cab services for you if you need transportation.


No pets are permitted on the grounds of the Railroaders Museum or Horseshoe Curve.