Arkansas Railroad Museum

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Arkansas Railroad Museum
Location Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Type Displays historic railroad equipment

Arkansas Railroad Museum is located on Port Road in Pine Bluff, Arkansas at the former Cotton Belt (SSW) yard.

The former SSW shops are occupied by the historic collection of railroad equipment. This museum is about an hour's drive from Little Rock, AR, and is one of the largest displays of historic railroad equipment in Arkansas. Between the disappearance of SSW in 1992 into parent Southern Pacific and the size of the collection, Arkansas Railroad Museum can be considered an upper-level railroad preservation facility. The Museum is operated by the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society and local volunteers. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM and on Sunday afternoon by appointment.

Specific equipment[edit]

St. Louis Southwestern Railway Steam Locomotive #819
Arkansas Railroad Museum is located in Arkansas
Arkansas Railroad Museum
Location 1720 Port Rd., Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Coordinates 34°13′37″N 91°59′5″W / 34.22694°N 91.98472°W / 34.22694; -91.98472Coordinates: 34°13′37″N 91°59′5″W / 34.22694°N 91.98472°W / 34.22694; -91.98472
Built 1942
Architect St. Louis Southwestern Railway
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP May 18, 2003

Arkansas Railroad Museum is most famous for stabling SSW #819, the last steam locomotive built by SSW in February 1943. The 819 was restored to operation in 1986. It operated on 13 excursions between 1986 and 1993, but currently needs work. A collection of historical passenger cars, mostly lightweight Pullman-Standard equipment, is also kept for use behind 819. The 819 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Besides the 819 the following list was compiled by Mr. Lyle Smith a volunteer at the Museum. It is accurate as of mid-April 2007.

St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt Route) Steam Locomotive #336
Location 1700 Port Rd., Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Built 1909
Architect Baldwin Locomotive Works
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP January 24, 2007

Cotton Belt 336, a D3 Mogul built by Baldwin in 1909, is in poor condition and will be cosmetically restored. This locomotive is also listed on the National Register.

St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt Route) Relief Train
Location 1700 Port Rd., Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Built 1940
Architect Industrial Brownhoist
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP May 25, 2007

The following cars are part of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt Route) Relief Train, also listed on the National Register:[2]

  • SSW 96005 a 200 Ton Industrial Brownhoist Steam Relief Crane.
  • SSWMW 5682 Boom Car
  • SSWMW 98501 Generator Flat Car
  • SSWMW 94129 Kitchen Car
  • SSWMW 96216 Tool Car
  • SSWMW 96209 Crew Sleeper

Other equipment at the museum includes:

  • Union Pacific 2907 – Alco C-630
  • Lake Superior and Ishpeming 2300 – GE U23C
  • Cotton Belt 5006 – EMD GP30
  • Rescar GE 25-tonner
  • West Tennessee #2054 (ex-SP 7012) – ALCO RSD-12
  • AT&SF 843 – Alco RSD-15
  • MRAX 513- ex-C&NW – EMD E8A
  • Wabash Alloys GE 25-tonner, listed on the National Register (reference number 07000444)
  • The tender of SSW 814 sister engine to SSW 819
  • 1942 Tool Car ex-SP Baggage car St. Louis Car Co.
  • 1944 Power Car ex-SP Baggage 6616
  • G56 Guard Car ACF hospital car from WW2, listed on the National Register (reference number 07000441)
  • SN87 Jordan Snow Plow U S Army, listed on the National Register (reference number 06001273)
  • 306 Lark 13-Bedroom Pullman Standard (ex-SP 9356)
  • 1947 Apple Blossom ex-GN 1121
  • SSW 2214 – Wood Cupola Caboose
  • SSW 83 – Bay Window Caboose
  • SP 125 – Bay Window Caboose built November 1966
  • AM 1410 – 60-ft Mechanical Reefer ex-EL
  • 3480 Pegasus Baggage Dorm ex-AT&SF Budd 1938 Transition Car
  • CBHS 819336 Tank Car used to store fuel for the 819


The equipment is mostly housed in the former SSW shops, which was the main heavy repair and erection shop for SSW during the steam era. The shop has such heavy repair equipment as pits, massive overhead cranes, and tools for servicing large railroad equipment. On the east side of the former shops is a transfer table that is still operable. The transfer table is used to move exhibits from time to time. The best time to see the exhibits outside is the first weekend in April (unless that weekend is Easter) when the Museum has its annual show. Many of the exhibits are taken outside so that tables can be set up inside the museum for vendors.


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