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Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia is located at the easternmost part of the state. It is a place where the Shenandoah River flows into the Potomac River, and it was the first place where the railroad crossed a river in the United States of America. It is enriched with history as an industrial town and during the American Civil War. It is often thought of as an historic town, but it is also an outdoor adventure paradise as well with making hiking trails to two overlooks looking down onto the town and river adventures on both the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Today, Harper’s Ferry is a suburb of Washington D.C., and the old town is a National Registered Historic District that is operated by the National Park Service. The old town is normally the most famous part of Harper’s Ferry, but just a short drive away is a little hidden treasure.
Welcome to the Harper’s Ferry Toy Train Museum and Joy Line Railroad. As you enter, you can see the miniature train waiting at the depot. You buy the ticket and board the train. You leave the depot and pass by the yard. You cross a trestle and pass through the tunnel and then return to the depot.
If you think that this is it, you are very mistaken.
From here you walk. or drive to the top of the hill. Here you will see a collection of trains. All kinds of train memorabilia are here, and you can see an old Lionel Train Display.
The Harper’s Ferry Toy Train Museum and Joy Line Railroad is a true treasure, and it is fun for every rail fan whether young or old. The best thing about visiting here is that it will not break your bank. The museum and railroad are just $4.00 each. Parking is on site at both the railroad and museum. It is located at 933 Bakerton Road about one mile from U.S. 340. It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm from April to October. Time here is time well spent.
This article first appeared on johncowgillstoriesoftherailroad.com
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