Visiting the Wilmington Railroad Museum
November 6, 2014
Category: Student Blogs
Upon arriving in Historic Wilmington, the freshman West Teaching Scholars cohort visited various historical places of interest. One of those places was the Wilmington Railroad Museum, located on Nutt Street. The railroad museum is located inside of a freight house once belonging to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Wilmington was the location of the ACL's headquarters from 1900 to 1955, the only NC city that is able to hold that distinction. The museum includes a spacious gift shop, and two full rooms telling the story of North Carolina's Railroads and the importance of the ACL in Wilmington. In the back lies a huge model railroad layout depicting the ACL mainline from Wilmington to Weldon, NC.
Also on display were three pieces of rail equipment: an ACL Caboose, a Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad boxcar, and an ACL 4-6-00 Atlantic type locomotive #250. The cohort was able to explore each of these areas, and Catawba History Major and North Carolina Transportation Museum volunteer Lucas Safrit led the complete tour. Overall, the visit to the Wilmington Railroad Museum was very enjoyable and provided insight on railroading from a unique perspective.