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Address: 36237 Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe, Island of Hawaii, HI 96764
Phone Number: +1 808-962-6300
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10:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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This museum focuses on the railroad that once served local plantations.

This museum focuses on the railroad that once served local plantations.

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Cool little place

Great place for information about the old Hawaiian railway system. Plenty of pictures & artifacts, even some videos. The collection of restored vehicles is very impressive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 March 2016
Denis2727
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

My family and I stopped in for a few minutes that turned into an hour. The guide, David was great and knew about all the items on display.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

Great place for information about the old Hawaiian railway system. Plenty of pictures & artifacts, even some videos. The collection of restored vehicles is very impressive, the volunteers have done a great job. An interesting place even for non-railroad fans

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

Any time we come to Big Island, we try to make it to this museum. The volunteers are constantly working on restoring old rail cars and expanding the collection. Housed in an old Train station, the museum is compact, but has wonderful maps and photos of the old Hawaiian lines that supported the Sugar industry. If you like Railroad history,... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

I have heard from several past visitors that this little museum is well worth a visit if (like me) you have an interest in railway history. However, access seems to be very much on the ad hoc side these days. During our recent trip to the Big Island from our home in Coquitlam, my wife and I tried no less... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2014

This is a great little museum (old train station) for railroad buffs... Lots of pictures depicting the history of the railroad along the Hamakua coast and Hilo area of the Big Island. Some interactive things for kids... one building with layouts and a train track on the portch...but mainly pictures...and the drive to the museum is beautiful. Nice destination for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Our museum tour was very informative, interesting, historical and overall impressive. There was even a model train layout that I got to run, because I am also a member and the secretary of the Hocking Valley Model Railroaders in Lancaster, Ohio. Some of the other artifacts included old photos, a typewriter that I got to type on, an old phone,... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

The train Museum was so cool! There were pictures from the early 1900's showing the way it was back then. There is trains there and one that you can go in. That was really cool! You do need to climb up it so be forewarned. There is also a building that has a train track set up with all kinds... More 

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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

This is not a full scale hands on Railroad Museum, but what a few volunteers (with donations and I'm sure a lot of sweat equity) have done is very cool. Currently no regular gauge trains run on the Island of Hawaii, fascinating that late 1890's there were railroads mostly for the tourist industry around the Island. Small gauge was generally... More 

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San Anselmo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

I commend the volunteers heartily for the running of this museum. It was really interesting with informative displays. And no, I don't think you have to be a train buff to enjoy it--lots of history here not just about the trains but life in the sugar cane fields and the effects of the 1946 tsunami. Volunteers during our visit were... More 

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Pleasanton, CA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

They charge $6 per person for you to look at old photographs, see an old film, and look at things that have nothing to do with the actual reailroad that was on Hawaii. Heck, they have someone's old train set that is set up nothing like the old train was. Avoid it if you are not a train fanatic.

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