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Historic Trains
Historic Trains

Once upon a time, life was slower and travel meant a trip to the local train depot. Trains were small-town America's link to the world, and the engine that fueled industry. Railroads played an important role in the history of Bardstown and Kentucky as points of contention during the Civil War and an indispensable part of the Bourbon industry. Distilleries depended on trains for materials and shipping. Bardstown was also an early stop for the mighty Louisville & Nashville (L&N) railroad company, which - at its zenith - covered 6,000 miles and 13 states.

In the tranquil beauty of historic Bardstown, America's love affair with trains continues. You can still ride the rails aboard vintage train cars pulled by a restored L&N steam locomotive, or you can relax and dine aboard a completely restored luxurious 1940s dining car as it winds its way through the beautiful countryside.

Kentucky Railway Museum
Visit Kentucky Railway Museum and ride the rails. The museum is a 5,000-sq. ft. recreation of the original L&N depot, and contains a large collection of train-related artifacts with model train displays. Ride the rails aboard an authentic steam locomotive through the scenic Rolling Fork River Valley.

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My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
Relive the golden days of railroad dining, a time when life was slower and travel was by rail. Enjoy relaxed conversing, fine cuisine and gracious service against ever-changing scenery. The 1940s-vintage dining cars have been restored to their original beauty, complete with gleaming brass fixtures and polished mahogany interiors. Come early and enjoy cocktails in the pre-Civil War train depot, listed on the National Historic Register.